Surfacing and the death of Elizabeth Siddal

I am surfacing.  I apologize for my silence and lack of posting.  For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been coming to terms with the fact that my husband is going to continue to be hospitalized at least until mid-March with osteomyelitis, a bone infection.  So, I’ve been adapting to life with three children while one parent is unavailable. I do hope, though, to blog on a regular basis.  This site is a lifeline for me, and I am grateful for each of you who take the time to visit and post a comment.

February 11th marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Siddal.  I received several lovely emails and invitations to attend the commemorative service at Highgate Cemetery and I’m heartbroken that I could not attend.  However, there are some excellent  posts marking the day.  If I’ve missed yours, please let me know!

My dear friend Kirsty Stonell Walker outdid herself, not only visiting the grave of Lizzie Siddal, but also tracking down the grave of Pre-Raphaelite model Alexa Wilding.  Read her post about it, A Tale of Two Stunners.

Verity Holloway shares her thoughts on the death of Elizabeth Siddal.  “As is often the case with historical women, Lizzie Siddal has always been in danger of being overwhelmed by her own image.”

Author Robert Parry wrote a moving post about the anniversary. “There will never be a photo of an elderly Elizabeth Siddal discovered in a hidden attic.”

Valerie Meachum is a kindred spirit, we share a love and respect for Lizzie.  I found her post especially poignant and I think it’s wonderful that she took the title from one of Lizzie’s own poems:  And this is only earth, my dear.

Finally, what a perfect way to spend the day:  SomniumDantis was present at the Highgate memorial and then visited Lizzie as Ophelia by Millais.  Beautiful.

Thank you to my friend John R. Green who has given me permission to share his photos of the service at Highgate:



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10 Replies to “Surfacing and the death of Elizabeth Siddal”

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sending good wishes.

    Thanks for surfacing and posting on your blog. I always look forward to them. This one is especially welcomed! Love Lizzie Siddal. Thanks.

  2. What a beautiful tribute for a woman who certainly deserves one. I am glad that I am getting to know the ladies who contributed so much to this time in art history. My sister is a single mom and I know how stressful that can be but to also have the constant worry of a sick husband must be so hard for you. I continue to hope for the best and that he will be home soon. Lisa and the ever purring Princess Diana (she thinks she is the cat equivalent of a stunner!)

  3. I’m so very sorry, a long hospital stay is so draining. I’m sending get well wishes to your hubby and restful wishes to you!

    I think its lovely that they had a service for Lizzy- I wish you could of been there.

  4. Hi there, I’m so sorry to read that about your husband. I hope he recovers as soon as possible. Also, thanks for mentioning me. And thanks for sharing the pics, too! I can see my boyfriend’s forehead, not mine ’cause I’m so short… but the pics are great. It’s a lovely collection of Lizzie’s posts, by the way. I’ll check the ones I haven’t read yet.
    Best wishes!

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