|Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (1829-1862)|
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Siddal was the living, breathing epitome of the Pre-Raphaelite woman. With her sensuous full lips, heavy-lidded eyes, and above all her incredible waist-length auburn hair, she could only be described as a "stunner".
She was discovered by Walter Deverell in a milliner's shop in 1850. At the time he was searching for a model for Voila in his painting Twelfth Night. Later he told William Holman Hunt, ‘By Jove! she’s like a queen, magnificently tall, with a lovely figure, a stately neck, and a face of the most delicate modelling; the flow of surface from the temples over the cheek is exactly like the carving of a Pheidean goddess. Wait a minute! I haven’t done; she has grey eyes, and her hair is like dazzling copper, and shimmers with lustre as she waves it down. And now, where do you think I lighted on this paragon of beauty? Why, in a milliner’s back workroom where I went out with my mother shopping. Having nothing to amuse me, while the woman was tempting my mother with something, I peered over the blind of a glass door at the back of the shop, and there was this unexpected jewel.’
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