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Did Elizabeth Siddal inspire Bram Stoker?

Originally published at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. In the early years of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, artist Walter Deverell discovered Elizabeth Siddal working in a millinery shop.  After modeling for his painting Twelfth Night, Siddal posed for several Pre-Raphaelite painters, including William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.  It was the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti who was captivated …

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Hall Caine on Elizabeth Siddal’s Exhumation

I have been reading Hall Caine’s Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He touches briefly on Lizzie’s exhumation to retrieve the manuscript of poems that DGR had placed in her coffin: Rossetti had buried the only complete copy of his poems with his wife at Highgate, and for a time he had been able to put …

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The Sexton’s Tales: The Exhumation of Ophelia

I am grateful to Emlyn Harris for allowing me to share this podcast with you. You can download a copy here at or if you use iTunes, it is available there as well. The Sexton’s Tales series were originally broadcast by the BBC between 1995 and 1997. This episode, narrated by the writer Emlyn Harris, features the …

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Photographs of Elizabeth Siddal’s Grave

I am grateful to everyone who has been kind enough to share photos of the Rossetti plot at Highgate Cemetery, the burial place of Gabriele and Frances Rossetti (Dante Gabriel’s parents), Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti and other family members.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti is not interred at Highgate; he is buried at …

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