|Elizabeth Siddal (1854)|
|Elizabeth Siddal (1853-8)|
|Elizabeth Siddal (1856)|
There is no hint of impropriety in the images; even though she is asleep she did not become so doing anything improper. It is unsurprising that she was the original model for Beatrice, the doomed but untouched love...
|Dante's Dream on the Day of the Death of Beatrice (1856)|
|Fanny Cornforth (1862)|
|Ruth Herbert (1858)|
|Jane Morris (1870)|
|Jane Morris (1873)|
|Dante's Dream (1869-72)|
|William Sleeping (1853)|
It could be that the image of his lover sleeping was a positive one, signifying satisfaction on the part of the woman. A woman who sleeps is content, and the artist records the vision, claiming responsibility. Also a woman (or brother) who sleeps is not complaining, not accusing, not crying. It is no coincidence that the majority of the pictures we have of our daughter in the first year of her life are of her asleep. Goodness knows she howled like a banshee at all other times and slept about five minutes a day. During those five minutes we made the most of her...
|Lily-Rose, about 8 years ago, extremely asleep.|
Just out of shot are her exhausted and slightly unhinged parents.
The sleep the artist ultimate envisages is death and possibly that was the only sleep he felt he deserved.