|Dates||1828 - 1882|
|Died||Birchington on Sea, England|
Eccentric, egotistical, yet extremely sensitive,
Throughout the 1850s and 1860s, Rossetti painted and drew mostly languid and sensuous female portraits, using his lover Elizabeth Siddal almost exclusively as a model. These paintings later influenced the Symbolists and also proved popular with collectors: Rossetti grew affluent enough to employ studio assistants to make copies.
Rossetti published his complete poems in 1870, after exhuming them from Siddal's grave. Following a physical and mental collapse and a suicide attempt, he recovered enough to continue painting and writing but only as a semi-invalid and recluse.