'Beyond Ophelia' - A Celebration of Lizzie Siddal, Artist and Poet

A pencil sketch depicting two lovers sitting on a bench under a tree

Only the second solo exhibition of her artwork, this exhibition at Wightwick Manor, which reinstated Lizzie Siddal as an important and influential artist and poet. Exhibition curated by Hannah Squire.

A professional member of the Pre-Raphaelite artistic circle, she is, however, remembered today mainly as the model for the iconic Millais painting, Ophelia, and as wife and muse of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

‘Beyond Ophelia’ examines Siddal’s style; subject matter; depiction of women; her influence on other artists; and the prejudice she faced as a professional female artist in the patriarchal Victorian art world.

In 1961, Lady Rosalie Mander, an art historian and biographer of the Pre-Raphaelites, and her husband Sir Geoffrey Mander, bought a large collection of Lizzie Siddal artworks at auction for Wightwick Manor. Wightwick’s collection of 12 Siddal artworks, along with loans of other drawings previously owned by the Manders, are brought back together in this exhibition for the first time.

Exhibition ran 1st March- 24th December 2018, Wightwick Manor & Gardens.