Elizabeth Eleanor Rossetti (née Siddal)(1829-1862), Wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Sitter in 3 portraits
Siddal's life is usually told in terms of her personal relationships, with her professional aspirations minimised. Often modelling as Shakespearean heroines for Walter Deverell, William Hunt and John Millais. By 1853 she had transitioned from model to artist and become romantically involved with her future husband Dante Rossetti. Lacking traditional training, she illustrated subjects from John Keats to William Shakespeare from her imagination. Exhibiting at the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition of 1857, the poet Coventry Patmore commented that her study of a head showed '... considerable technical power...a high, pure and independent feeling'. Sadly her daughter was stillborn in 1861 and she died from an overdose in 1862.
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