Exclusively for Members

Onsite tickets include refreshments in the Headley Lecture Theatre from 3:30pm, and a private after-hours exhibition gallery viewing.

The online talk is via Zoom.

Booking is required

With Professor Christiana Payne, exhibition curator and art historian

The Pre-Raphaelite artists were enamoured of both Elizabeth Siddal (1829-1862) and Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927), and their beauty was captured in so many of their works of art.

However, contrary to the Victorian attitudes of the time, these ladies were also recognised as highly-talented artists and both produced over 100 works in their lifetime. 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal drawing in brown pen and ink, 1855

Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1855

Marie Spartalli Stillman's Self Portrait, 1871

Marie Spartalli Stillman's Self Portrait, 1871. Courtesy of Delaware Art Museum

Join us for an exciting, and insightful talk into the lives and works of Elizabeth Siddal and Marie Spartali Stillman, given by the Pre-Raphaelites exhibition curator and author Professor Christiana Payne (Oxford Brookes University).

The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom for those not able to attend in person. A recording of the event will be shared with ticketholders on request following the event.


Tickets are available to Members only.

This talk will take place both on Zoom (online) and in the Headley Lecture Theatre (in-person) at the Ashmolean.

Tickets are required for both online (£7) and in-person (£15) attendance.


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