July 2014 Academic & Specialist Nick Hern

Lizzie Siddal Jeremy Green

Lizzie Siddal
Jeremy Green

London, 1849. Lizzie Siddal is plucked from the obscurity of a bonnet shop to model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - an intoxicating group of young painters bent on revolutionising the Victorian art world. Inspired by their passion and ambition, she throws herself headlong into their lives and their art - nearly dying in the creation of ‘Ophelia’. The painting is a triumph. But Lizzie wants more and dares to dream of being a painter herself… a dream that leads to a tragic denouement that still stirs debate to this day.