Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal

This gallery accompanies an omnibus edition of Christina Rossetti's "In an Artist's Studio," a sonnet about Dante Gabriel Rossetti's relationship with Elizabeth Siddal.  Siddal was DGR's wife, Christina his sister.  As Christina Rossetti writes of the image of Elizabeth Siddal in DGR's paintings, "One face looks out from all his canvasses,/ One selfsame figure sits or walks or leans."  Although Siddal appears in different guises ("A queen in opal or in ruby dress,/ A nameless girl in freshest summer greens,/ A saint, an angel"), it is always the same face that appears, according to Christina Rossetti in the poem. The first set of images in this gallery are paintings by DGR of Siddal; the last set, starting with The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, have Christina Rossetti as model. Both sets are arranged in chronological order.