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“Rara avis in terra”: One of a kind Lizzie Siddal needlepoint

 


Valerie Meachum offers up an intricate, one of a kind needlepoint based on a Dante Gabriel Rossetti portrait of Lizzie Siddal. Available at etsy.com.
The hand-embroidered inscription on the linen border refers to a letter to the artist’s sister, the poet Christina Rossetti, in which he mentions a black silk dress Lizzie had recently made for herself and calls her a “rara avis in terra,” quoting the Satires of the classical Roman poet Juvenal, who wrote of “a rare bird in the lands, and very like a black swan.”

Found on Etsy: Lizzie Siddal Purse

If you have never shopped at Etsy, I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful source for handmade crafts and one of a kind products. I was browsing around today and was thrilled to see this adorable purse featuring one of Rossetti’s portraits of Elizabeth Siddal (click photo to be taken to the purchase page or to view details). Isn’t it lovely? The maker is AmandaBeth Boutique and her blog is here.

UPDATE:  I see the purse sold on August 22.  I hope the Lizzie purse found a loving home.  And if the purchaser happens to visit here, I would love for them to comment!