Lizzie Siddal

The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel

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Elizabeth Siddal, poet, artist and tragic lover, rose from the obscurity of a Southwark slum to become one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain. Even today thse who do not know her name always recognise her face; she is Millais' doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice.

From the moment she met the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, her immortality was decreed - and her future doomed. The attraction between Lizzie and the young Dante Gabriel Rossetti began nine years of emotional agony. As Lizzie waited, increasingly desperately, for her lover to marry her, Rossetti cruelly lingered, veering wildly between possessive adoration for Lizzie and the longing to begin yet another affair. By the time they married, Lizzie was mired in Laudanum addiction and a mysterious illness. After the birth of a stillborn daughter and yet another rumoured affair, Lizzie committed suicide, aged just thirty two. In her fantastic biography Lucinda Hawksley looks behind the celebrated muse to reveal a talented poet and artist.

Product details

Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 1.6cm

Format: Paperback, 230 pages

Publisher: Andre Deutsch

ISBN: 978-0-233-00402-0


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