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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Jane Morris, nee Burden, who’s elegant and remarkably unique face was forever immortalized by her lover, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Though born into poverty, her “discovery” selling violets at a theater in 1857 by Rossetti and his pupil, William Morris, changed her future. Although it is believed that Jane and Rossetti had feelings for each other, Rossetti’s previous attachment to Elizabeth Siddal prevented their relationship from going further at the time, and Jane ended up marrying William Morris instead. Following Lizzy’s suicide in 1862, Rossetti and Jane began to carry on an affair. Morris, a wealthy businessman, artist and social activist, allowed them this freedom. Jane sat for many of Rossetti’s most famous and beautiful paintings, including Prosperine, The Salutation of Beatrice, and Pia de’ Tolomei. 

1:13pm · Sunday, January 26th, 2014 · 37 notes
tags » Pre Raphaelite · Pre Raphaelites · pre raphaelite brotherhood · prb · jane morris · jane burden · dante gabriel rossetti · art · william morris · morrisian ·
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