Elizabeth Siddal: Self Portrait in Oil

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  1. I have always known her face as a fan of Pre-Raphaelite art. Yet only recently learned her story and of her poetry and art. A working class woman who wanted to be an artist. Both a muse and an artist/poet Elizabeth’s life both inspires the soul and breaks the heart.

    1. According to Lucinda Hawksley’s biography Lizzie’s working class origins have been exaggerated. Although her father is described as a cutler he in fact owned the company. Unfortunately he spent most of his money on a failed attempt to regain a large country house that he had claim to through inheritance. It seems likely that his family were the source of the name Eyre in Jane Eyre.

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