Historical Context in Worn Out
Elizabeth Siddal was first approached by a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who saw her through a shop window and asked her to model for some portraits. She was quickly deemed the Brotherhood’s idea of a “true woman” and was asked to return many times to model. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848 by Dante Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais. The Brotherhood rejected modern art movements and focused on the artistic movement of the late medieval and early modern times. Siddal spent a lot of time with the Brotherhood and eventually married Rossetti. Their work was likely an influence on her own as the language and themes of many of her poems are reminiscent of medieval works.