Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel

Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel

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

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 twenty-first century, even those who do not know her name always recognise her face: she is Millais' 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.

Product Code 1037523
Author Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Dimensions 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
Format Paperback
GTIN 9780233004020
Pages 256
Published Oct 2013
Publisher Andre Deutsch Ltd
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