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.
The Eve of St Agnes by Elizabeth Siddal, c. 1850
© Wightwick Manor
- 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.
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