The Eve of St Agnes by Elizabeth Siddal

St Agnes' Eve, the night before the saint's feast day on 21 January, was traditionally a time when young women might dream successfully of the perfect lover provided they slept naked as did the original martyr saint.


16.5 x 12 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Edward Dennis

Siddal is inspired by Tennyson's version of the legend which describes a nun yearning to meet her heavenly 'bridegroom'.


Owned by Christina Rossetti; then on her death by descent from Dante Gabriel's brother, William Rossetti.

Venue details

Wightwick Manor Wightwick Bank, WOLVERHAMPTON West Midlands WV6 8EE 01902 761400

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.30)

Garden, Gallery and tea-room daily, 10:30-5pm (last admission 4pm). Shop open from 11am. House Mon, Wed – Sun, 12noon – 5pm (last admission 4pm) Also open Tue Jul –​ Aug.
site closes 1 hour earlier Nov-March.
A reduced number of rooms will be open Jan to March and from 27 Dec. Whole site Closed 25 – 26 Dec  

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