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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
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.”

Visitor Submission: Elizabeth Siddal/Amy Manson Portrait

Tribute to Lizzie Siddal and Amy Manson

Tribute to Lizzie Siddal and Amy Manson

I was thrilled when Marilyn Mallia shared this beautiful portrait that she painted as a tribute to Lizzie Siddal and the actress who recently portrayed her, Amy Manson.   Marilyn shared it via the Facebook Fan page, which is one of the  reasons I enjoy sharing this website through other social media outlets.  It provides a good chance to connect with those who have similar interests and enjoy Pre-Raphaelite art.

Handcrafted Lizzie Siddal Pillow

This winsome pillow features a printed fabric reproduction of Lizzie Siddal, as portrayed by her husband Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Her auburn hair gleams and the distant, often sad, glance of her blue eyes seems to have been captured perfectly. The ideal gift for fans of the tragically fated Lizzie, who was an artist as well as the most famous Pre-Raphaelite model of all time.

The painting is printed on high quality fabric and appliqued on a lovely sage green material, with a backing of brown twill. This is more than just a pillow – add a bit history and romance to your decor!

Pillow measures 14″ by 14″ and is approximately 6″ deep.

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!