Elizabeth Siddal seated at an easel, painting
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)
Formerly attributed to Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1836-1904)
Graphite on paper
Width: 11.8 cm; Height: 17.7 cm;
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
Lizzie Siddal was apparently first spotted working in a milliner’s shop in Leicester Square. She was soon monopolised by Rossetti, who cast her as the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of female beauty. His fascination for her resulted in a remarkable group of private portrait drawings, several showing her at her easel, as here. Under his training she became a proficient artist, working in a distinctive medievalizing style. She died two years after their eventual marriage. For Rossetti these intimate portraits were a poignant reminder of their close but fraught relationship.
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