Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel

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Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed biography of the Pre-Raphaelite artists' muse

The supermodel did not arrive when Twiggy first donned false eyelashes; the concept began more than 100 years previously, with a young artists' model whose face captivated a generation. Saved from the drudgery of a working-class existence by a young Pre-Raphaelite artist, Lizzie Siddal rose to become one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain and a pivotal figure of London's artistic...

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Overview

Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed biography of the Pre-Raphaelite artists' muse

The supermodel did not arrive when Twiggy first donned false eyelashes; the concept began more than 100 years previously, with a young artists' model whose face captivated a generation. Saved from the drudgery of a working-class existence by a young Pre-Raphaelite artist, Lizzie Siddal rose to become one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain and a pivotal figure of London's artistic world, until tragically ending her young life in a laudanum-soaked suicide in 1862. In the 21st century, even those who do not know her name always recognize her face: she is Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice. With many parallels in the modern-day world of art and fashion, this biography takes Lizzie from the background of Dante Rossetti's life and, finally, brings her to the forefront of her own.

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"Solid, lively and lucid. Scholars of the period will find the book of great interest, as will those wishing to learn more about women in the Victorian art world or about the Pre-Raphaelites in general."  —Publishers Weekly

"Writing with authority, energy, and covert wit and indignation, Hawksley offers a fresh and affecting perspective on this still scandalous and tragic story."  —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780233002583
  • Publisher: Deutsch, Andre
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009

Meet the Author

Lucinda Hawksley has written more than 20 books, including Katey: The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and an expert on Dickens's family life, and was awarded a fellowship to study the life of Augustus Dickens at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
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