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Lizzie Siddal : face of the Pre-Raphaelites

Author: Lucinda Hawksley
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"In the twenty-first century, even those who do not know Lizzie Siddal's name will recognize her face: she is Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice in two of the nineteenth century's most famous paintings. As Lucinda Hawksley explores in Lizzie Siddal, Face of the Pre-Raphaelites, Siddal's fame was a remarkable phenomenon: in a time when she was the opposite of the Victorian beauty (she was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Elizabeth Siddall; Elizabeth Siddall
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucinda Hawksley
ISBN: 0802715508 9780802715500
OCLC Number: 71053778
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: London : André Deutsch, 2004.
Description: ix, 230 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Lucinda Hawksley.

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"In the twenty-first century, even those who do not know Lizzie Siddal's name will recognize her face: she is Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice in two of the nineteenth century's most famous paintings. As Lucinda Hawksley explores in Lizzie Siddal, Face of the Pre-Raphaelites, Siddal's fame was a remarkable phenomenon: in a time when she was the opposite of the Victorian beauty (she was red-haired, quite tall, and painfully thin), she nonetheless scaled the social ranks to become the unlikely ideal. A pivotal figure in London's artistic world of the mid-nineteenth century, Lizzie's short life ended in a delirium of opium. In this, the first full work devoted solely to Lizzie-her austere beginnings, quick rise to fame, and tragic end-Hawksley brings together the worlds of art and literature with style and verve. Lizzie Siddal was not merely the Pre-Raphaelites' obsession and muse, she was a talented poet and artist in her own right. Her tragic and haunting life story serves as a cautionary tale, offering many parallels to the modern-day world of art, fashion, beauty, and our obsession with what we hold to be the ideal."--Publisher's website.

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