Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Elizabeth Siddal as Ophelia

Elizabeth Siddal (1829-1862)
Model and Muse of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood art movement 
See this link for details of the work from this period

The Story

In brief - Modelling for the painting Ophelia required Elizabeth to lie in a bath for several hours. Wearing an antique dress John bought for $250 by todays money. The bath was heated using oil lamps however these went out, the artist kept on working and Elizabeth said nothing while lying in the cold water. It is suggested that this event contributed to her life long health issues, which in turn lead to her laudanum  addiction and finally overdose.

The Plan

To re-create the above scene as closely as resources will allow and document the process through film and photography. The results to be posted on this blog. 
(Medical advise has been sort)

For further information on Elizabeth


  1. I love this picture. Mum and I have been watching the Pre-Raphelites on tv.

    Sounds like an interesting plan!

  2. If I 'had' to pick a favorite it would be the Pre-Raphaelites....

    Do you have a blog? link? I still don't really have a feel for how this all works

  3. Hmm I don't know that I have a favourite. I need a bigger base of art knowledge to decide I think.

    I do have a blog. It's not been updated in ages and is not really art related, (because I'm too lazy to make non uni related art most of the time :P). More baking, tea party, antique shopping centred.