|Night No.2 (1907) William Orpen|
|Lily and Rose (1875) Walter J Knewstub|
|My Lady Greensleeves (1863) D G Rossetti|
Oh deary me, this was the picture that allegedly caused all the trouble between Knewstub and his erstwhile employer, as young Walter took rather a shine to young Emily. Rossetti returned from his trip to Paris with Fanny in 1864 and began working up a version of Venus from some sketches of Fanny he had done. When Knewstub saw his beloved Emily in such an inflammatory picture, he decided it would be safer all round if he married Emily and removed her from bohemian society. He also decided that he would stop working for Rossetti and go it alone. It was said that Knewstub was scandalised by Rossetti's artistic treatment of Emily, but it was probably more to do with the fact that Rossetti had a habit of not paying him.
|Emily Knewstub Walter Knewstub|
|Portrait of Grace (1907) William Orpen|
|Lady Orpen (1907) William Orpen|
|Interior at Clonsilla with Mrs Saint-George William Orpen|
Actually, Grace wasn't the only one of Walter Knewstub's children to become a celebrated beauty and artist's wife. Knewstub's second daughter Alice was drawn by Legros in the 1890s...
|Alice Knewstub Alphonse Legros|
|Alice Knewstub Rothenstein Walter Knewstub|
|Eric Gill and Alice Mary, Lady Rothenstein William Rothenstein|
All this rambling brings me to the end of today's post. I like following the lives of Stunners, and it's interesting to see how one of Rossetti's models can bring you all the way through to the director of one of the largest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. What would Rossetti have thought?!