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Pre-Raphaelite Partnerships: Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Siddall – GI 23 005 (Face to Face)

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13 September 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm BST

Tutor: Dr Lucy Ella Rose

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Date: 13 September 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
£12.50 – £15.00
Reference Code:
GI 23 005
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Inspired by Tate Britain’s exhibition The Rossettis, (6 April – 24 September 2023), this course will focus on the creative partnership of siblings Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as their relationship with Rossetti’s tragic muse, lover, and wife Elizabeth Siddall. A discussion of their works – from paintings and illustrations to poems and letters – will demonstrate how these Pre-Raphaelite poets and painters influenced each other’s lives and work, highlighting their connections as well as their tensions.


Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation), 1849–50, oil on canvas, Tate Britain. Photo: Google Arts Project.


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About the Speaker

Dr Lucy Ella Rose

Lucy Ella completed her PhD at the University of Surrey in 2015, before joining the School of Literature and Languages as Teaching Fellow in 2016 and Lecturer in Victorian Literature in 2017. Her doctoral studentship, awarded by the University of Surrey and Watts Gallery (Surrey) in their first collaboration, supported her research on women in nineteenth-century creative partnerships. These included Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Mary and George Frederic Watts, and Evelyn and William De Morgan. Lucy Ella has worked extensively on the Mary Watts archive at Watts Gallery and assisted the transcription of her diaries for publication.

Lucy Ella specialises in Victorian literature, art, culture and feminism (their connections and intersections), with an interest in late-Victorian creative partnerships, focusing on neglected female figures. Her publications include a monograph, Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and book chapters and articles on Victorian women's life writing, visual culture, artistic marriages, creative circles and early feminist networks.


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