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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.
'This mesmerising biography gives life to an icon, and reads as grippingly as any rags-to-riches novel.' - The Mail on Sunday
'The life behind the model for Millais's Ophelia .The first supermodel,
Siddal remains a fascinating figure.' - Tatler
'A seductive biography. The story as it gains in tragedy is irresistible' - The Sunday Times
'It is the stuff of opera' - Sunday Telegraph