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Online A conspiracy of silence: William Morris, his wife and her lovers – London Luminaries

6 June @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm BST

An online livestream about conspiracy & betrayal with Helen Elletson who has been Curator of Research and Development at the William Morris Society since 2000 and a Senior Curator at the Emery Walker Trust since 2010.

There were, and remain, many unanswered questions about the nature of William Morris’s unconventional marriage with his wife Jane. It was Rossetti who had first ‘discovered’ Jane Burden, the beautiful daughter of an Oxford stable-hand, catapulting her into the Pre-Raphaelite sphere. Despite the obvious attraction between them, Rossetti went on to marry another working-class girl, Lizzie Siddal, and even encouraged his good friend William Morris to marry Jane. It was therefore perhaps only natural that Rossetti and Jane would become intimate after the tragic, early death of Lizzie. Jane became Rossetti’s model and muse, featuring in hundreds of his pictures, defining the Pre-Raphaelite ‘look’.

So why did William Morris take out a joint tenancy on his Kelmscott Manor country home with the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti when he knew how fond Rossetti was of his wife? Why did Jane finally distance herself from Rossetti and what made her begin an affair with the notorious philanderer Wilfred Scawen Blunt?

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Thursday 6 June 2024, 7pm – 8pm

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