July 25, 1829 – Birth of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall (born at Charles Street, Hatton Garden)
1831 – Siddall family moves from Hatton Garden to Southwark (in South London)
1833 – Lizzie’s father, Charles, runs a business from his home at 8 Kent Place. This is the home they rented from James Greenacre, who would later commit murder. Here’s another post about Lizzie’s early years.
1849-50 – Rossetti’s portrait Rossovestita (possibly of Lizzie) is exhibited.
1852 – Lizzie famously models for Millais’ Ophelia. Also in this year, her brother Charles dies. Lizzie models for Holman Hunt again (for the hair of Jesus in The Light of the World). It also seems that it is some time time this year that Rossetti decides that he does not want Lizzie to model for any other artist. Lizzie officially stops working for Mrs. Tozer. 1852 is the first recorded mention of Lizzie’s ill health.
Nov. 1852 – Rossetti moves to 14 Chatham Place in Blackfriars, London and takes Lizzie on as a pupil.
1854 – Supposedly, this is the year Lizzie’s poem Fragment of a Ballad was written. Deverell dies in 1854. Anna Mary Howitt and her sister persuade Lizzie to see a doctor (Dr. Wilkinson) for her health. Also that year, Lizzie travels to Hastings for her health (encouraged by Barbara Leigh Smith). Rossetti’s father dies. Instead of staying with his family, he joins Lizzie in Hastings as soon as the funeral is over. Also this year, Lizzie starts her illustration of Clerk Saunders.
1854 continued – After returning to Chatham Place, Lizzie starts an illustration for Rossetti’s poem Sister Helen. She continues in her studies as Rossetti’s pupil, as well as being his lover and muse.
About a week ago, Ruskin saw and bought on the spot every scrap of designs hitherto produced by Miss Siddal. He declared that they were far better than mine, or almost anyone’s, and seemed quite wild with delight at getting them. . . .
Ruskin later becomes her patron. Also in 1855, Lizzie finally meets Rossetti’s mother. Ruskin sends Lizzie to see Dr. Henry Wentworth Ackland in Oxford on May 21, 1855. Ruskin also finances a trip to France for Lizzie’s health. While in Paris, Rossetti joins her there (against Ruskin’s wishes). Rossetti introduced her to Robert Browning, who was also in Paris, but the meeting did not go well. Lizzie then travels to Nice, but had spent all of her money. She wrote to Rossetti, who had returned home. He quickly painted his triptych, Paolo and Francesca de Rimini, and sold it to Ruskin in order to bring Lizzie the money. It is during Lizzie’s travels that Rossetti, left home alone, met William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Also during this time Lizzie exhibited her work in Charlotte Street.
1856 – Sept. 8, 1856 Ford Madox Brown records in his diary that Rossetti has given up Annie Miller and is committed to Lizzie and “he and Guggum seem on the best of terms now.” (source: Lucinda Hawksley’s book) Rossetti and Siddal are named as godparents to Madox Brown’s new baby Arthur Gabriel. In November Rossetti announces plans to marry Lizzie, but later changes his mind. A furious Lizzie leaves Rossetti, fleeing to Bath with her sister Clara. She refuses to see DGR, but he joins her there in December and they are reconciled.
1857 – Several of Lizzie’s paintings and illustrations appear in the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition in Fitzroy Square, Marylebone. Lizzie was the only female artist. An American from Massachusetts purchased Lizzie’s painting Clerk Saunders.
Lizzie stops taking her allowance from Ruskin.
Lizzie travels to Matlock, Derbyshire and later travels to Sheffield. She attends the Sheffield School of Art. During this time Rossetti is in Oxford, along with William Morris , Edward Burne-Jones and others painting murals for the Oxford Union.
1857-58 (?) – Rossetti rushes to Matlock when he hears she is seriously ill. He continues to travel back and forth for several months.
1860 – Lizzie is extremely ill; Rossetti is convinced she will die soon. On May 23, 1860 Lizzie was well enough to make it to the church and she and Rossetti are married (in Hastings). They honeymoon in France.
Soon (I’m not sure of the date) Lizzie is pregnant.
October 1860 they move into Chatham Place permanently. Lizzie writes the poem “At Last” during her pregnancy.
May 2, 1861 – Lizzie delivers a stillborn daughter. Lizzie continues to suffer with laudanum addiction and now postpartum depression.
Sometime toward the end of 1861, Lizzie is pregnant again.
February 1862 – Lizzie goes out to dinner with Rossetti and Algernon Charles Swinburne, returning home around 8:00. Rossetti leaves for the Working Men’s College. He returns home at 11:30 and cannot revive Lizzie. Help is summoned. Rossetti, unwilling to believe that she can not be saved, has four different doctors summoned. Each of them try and fail to revive her.
Lizzie dies at 7:20 in the morning, February 11, 1862. Her funeral is held on February 17th.
There is an interesting discussion about the night of Lizzie’s death in the post Answering Questions: Lizzie’s Death.