Elizabeth Siddal (Siddall)

(1829—1862) painter

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poet, painter, and red‐haired model to the Pre‐Raphaelites. She met D. G. Rossetti in 1850, and in 1852 modelled as the drowned Ophelia for Millais, who put her health at risk by demanding that she lie for hours in a bath of cold water. Rossetti appears to have encouraged her artistic talents, but their relationship was vexed and complicated; he married her belatedly in 1860, but two years later she died from an overdose of laudanum. She was buried in Highgate Cemetery, with the manuscript notebook of a number of Rossetti's poems, which he later had exhumed. Her own poems were not circulated during her lifetime, but fifteen of them were published by W. M. Rossetti in his collections of letters and reminiscences: his essay on her appeared in the Burlington Magazine, May 1903.

Subjects: Literature.

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