Lizzie Siddal - The Original Supermodel

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery |
  • Talk |
  • Sunday, 3 July 2011 - 13:00 until 13:00
A talk by Lucinda Hawksley in association with the Art Fund

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Siddal was the original supermodel: a skinny 19-year-old from an ignominious part of London who was discovered by an artist whilst working in a hat shop. She went on to live a dramatic and scandalous life before dying of a drug overdose at the age of just 32. A century before Twiggy, Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss hit the papers, Lizzie's face became one of the most famous in the country and remains easily recognisable even today. Her life story proves that truth really can be far stranger than fiction.

This talk brings Lizzie to life with anecdotes of her love affair with Dante Rossetti; her relationships with other artists and poets to whom she became a muse; her 'adoption' by the staid John Ruskin; and how she was not allowed to rest in peace even after her death.

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She has written more than 20 books including Lizzie Siddal, the Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel (2004). A part time lecturer as well as a writer, Lucinda is an expert in Dickens family life. 

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 303 1966