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Lizzie posing as Ophelia in Desperate Romantics

The second episode of Desperate Romantics is on YouTube. Here we see a reenactment of Lizzie posing in what is perhaps the most famous image of her: Ophelia, painted by Sir John Everett Millais. I’ve included a video clip (hopefully, it is visible to those of you who receive these posts via a reader). Lizzie’s posing begins at about the 5:30 mark.  Also, there is a good overview of this episode at The Beautiful Necessity.

Portrayals of Elizabeth Siddal

I have only seen snippets of Desperate Romantics so far;  I can’t really speak about the series as a whole.  I am aware of the historical inaccuracies and I do question some of the changes made.  But  from what I’ve seen, Amy Manson portrays Lizzie as likable and spirited.   I’ve enjoyed seeing Lizzie portrayed with personality and not as a demure waif who sits quietly n Rossetti’s shadow.

Since Desperate Romantics began I have seen a definite rise in traffic.  I thought that both new and returning readers would like a glimpse of other portrayals of Elizabeth Siddal. Below, via YouTube, is a clip from Dante’s Inferno, directed by Ken Russell:

Also, Patricia Quinn as Lizzie opposite Ben Kingsley as DGR: