Ruskin, Millais and Effie were exposed to the kind of gossip today's wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted - Queen Victoria initially refused to receive her - while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effie's body; Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britain s most popular painters, but the stigma of his wife's past would never be forgotten.
From the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood comes a story as fascinating today as it was shocking in the 1850s.
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Merryn Williams (Author)
Merryn Williams read English at New Hall, Cambridge and obtained a doctorate for her work on Thomas Hardy. She is the author of a number of critical prose works. Formerly a lecturer at the Open University, she is now editor of The Interpreter's Ho...