Happy Birthday Elizabeth Siddal!

On July 25, 1829 Elizabeth Siddal was born! Lizzie is the original Pre-Raphaelite “Stunner”.

Ophelia, SIr John Everett Millais
Ophelia, SIr John Everett Millais

Here’s a closer detail of Lizzie as Ophelia:

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whom Lizzie later married, also painted Lizzie as Ophelia:

The First Madness of Ophelia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The First Madness of Ophelia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Drawing of Lizzie, by Rossetti
Drawing of Lizzie, by Rossetti

What I found most interesting is Lizzie’s own self portrait.  She does not glamorize herself or enhance her beauty in any way.  Rather, she paints herself in a straighforward manner, as if to tell us that there is more to her than just a Pre-Raphaelite creation.

Self portrait of Elizabeth Siddal
Self portrait of Elizabeth Siddal

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4 Replies to “Happy Birthday Elizabeth Siddal!”

  1. Ah, just read Joanne harris’s “The Evil Seed” and there are a number of references to this lady. Now i see why.

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