Study for 'Jephthah's Daughter'
Medium: Graphite on paper adhered to board
Dimensions: 8 3/8 × 4 3/4 in. (21.3 × 12.1 cm)
frame: 22 3/8 × 18 3/8 in. (56.8 × 46.7 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2011
About: Elizabeth Siddal was the model most associated with early Pre-Raphaelite images of women. She transitioned from model to pupil and eventually mistress and wife of Rossetti. This scene depicts the remorse of the Old Testament warrior, Jephthah who has unintentionally agreed to the sacrifice of his daughter. The biblical episode was popularized during the Victorian period in a poem by Alfred Tennyson entitled “A Dream of Fair Women.” Siddal’s work reflects the tentative hand of a budding artist whose maturity was cut short by her death from an overdose of laudanum in 1862.
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