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Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (1829–1862) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1860 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Siddal, Elizabeth Eleanor (1829–1862), painter, was born at 7 Charles Street, Hatton Gardens, Holborn, London, on 25 July 1829, the third of eight children of Charles Siddall (d. 1859), ironmonger, and his wife, Elizabeth Eleanor Evans (d. 1892). Of respectable working-class background with some pretensions to gentility, without formal education, she nevertheless possessed an instinctive refinement of manner. Her deportment, said to be 'like a queen', was perhaps formed by her work at the dressmaking and millinery shop in ...

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Stillman [née Spartali], Marie (1844–1927), painter and artist's model, was born in Hornsey, near London, on 10 March 1844, the eldest of the three children of Michael Spartali, merchant and later Greek consul-general in London, and his wife, Euphrosyne Varsini. Shortly after her birth the family moved to ...