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Elizabeth Siddal (1834-1862)
Elizabeth Siddal (1834-1862)

Flying Angels

Elizabeth Siddal (1834-1862)
Flying Angels
9? x 5¼ in. (24.4 x 13.3 cm.)
William Michael Rossetti and by descent to Mrs Helen Rossetti Angeli, from whom bought by T.E. Lowinsky (L. 2420.a)
with The Maas Gallery, London.
Elizabeth Siddal: Pre-Raphaelite Artist, exhibition catalogue, The Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield, 1991, p.67, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

The image is reproduced in the catalogue of the Siddal exhibition held at Sheffield in 1991, but from one of the glass negatives of her work held by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (no. E1331 xxvii) rather than the drawing itself. It is one of the artist's most expressive inventions, possibly showing the influence of William Blake. Blake was a hero to her husband and mentor, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), and she must have been well aware of his work.

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