Inside Story with Lucinda

with Lucinda Hawksley Author of Lizzie Siddal: A Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel

19 May 2023

We have an unexpected Inside Story this Friday, after our planned author had to cancel their interview. Instead, to coincide with the new Tate Britain exhibition on ‘The Rossettis’, Goldster presenter Lucinda Hawksley will be talking about her very first biography, the story of the original supermodel, Lizzie Siddal. 

Lizzie was not only a muse to male artists, she was also an artist (and an accomplished poet) in her own right. For 150 years, she was continually looked at purely through the gaze of those who painted her, in particular the work of her husband, Dante Rossetti, but Lucinda’s biography, placed her firmly in the spotlight as a fascinating, talented and independent Victorian woman. Join Lucinda for this exclusive Inside Story Special at 12pm on Friday 19 May. 

Praise for Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel 

“A truly extraordinary achievement. The icon takes flesh before our eyes. Lucinda Hawksley’s sympathetic scholarship has produced a portrait of Pre-Raphaelitism’s most celebrated face, which is as gripping as a romantic novel. but it is also the result of meticulous research which throws fascinating new light on the Rossettis and their circle.”

A.N. Wilson

“A seductive biography. Gaining in tragedy the story is irresistible… Glimpses of this strange, beautiful woman illuminate the book.”

Frances Spalding in The Sunday Times


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