Rossetti acted as Lizzie’s teacher and mentor, but I do not feel that this aspect of their relationship was one-sided. I prefer to view their time together as one of collaboration and believe that they influenced each other in an artistic and symbiotic flow. A good example of this is Siddal’s painting Lady Affixing a Pennant and Rossetti’s painting Before the Battle. Both works have identical subjects, presented in a medieval style. In these paintings we see women attaching banners or pennants to knight’s spears in preparation for battle.