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Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Original name: Elizabeth Rossetti
Birth: Jul. 25, 1829
Greater London, England
Death: Feb. 11, 1862
Greater London, England

Folk Figure. At age 19, was working in a hat shop in London's Piccadilly, when she was spotted by Walter Deverall, a member of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement. He introduced her to his fellow artists including John Everett Millais, Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rosetti. With her full lips, and long auburn hair she epitomised the Pre-Raphelites concept of female beauty. She posed for a number of pictures, the most notable being "Ophelia" by Millais, which hangs in the Tate Britain gallery in London. She posed for this picture, lying in a bath of water heated by candles and oil lamps. As a result she contracted pneumonia, weakening an already delicate constitution. She and Dante Gabriel became lovers and lived together as man and wife for some years. In 1860 they eventually married, but her husband's pursuit of other women quickly undermined the relationship. In 1862 she died of an overdose of laudanum, probably administered accidentally. As a final gesture before her burial Dante-Gabriel placed a book of unpublished poems in her coffin. Seven years later, under great pressure from his agent to boost a failing reputation, he had his wife's body exhumed and the poems were removed and published. They were not a success and it was said this act haunted Rossetti for the rest of his life. 

Cause of death: Suicide - overdosed on laudanum
Highgate Cemetery (West)
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
Plot: Toward the front of the cemetery is the family plot of the Rossettis
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
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Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
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Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
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Blessings dear Lizzie, you beautiful soul, rest in peace now. xx
- Jo
 Added: Feb. 18, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: Feb. 11, 2014
Rest in peace.
- inlovingmemoryofall
 Added: Nov. 29, 2013
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