Miss Anne Ryan

Miss Anne Ryan, Sir John Everett Millais (1853)

Miss Anne Ryan, Sir John Everett Millais (1853)

Anne Ryan is the lovely model whose mysterious fate we can never know.  Appearing in The Huguenot and The Proscribed Royalist, her later life is hinted at in The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais:

Alas for Miss Ryan! her beauty proved a fatal gift: she married an ostler, and her later history is a sad one. My father was always reluctant to speak of it, feeling perhaps that the publicity he had given to her beauty might in some small measure have helped (as the saying is) to turn her head.”

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