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Siddal, Elizabeth Eleanorlocked

(1829–1862)
  • Virginia Surtees

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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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