Joli Cœur

Rossetti, a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite group, had a love of women with red flowing hair, whom he called ‘stunners’.

At the time, modelling was considered a morally dubious profession and this sitter, laundry girl Ellen Smith, had her face slashed by an admirer who wasn’t pleased that she’d sat for Rosetti.

But is this a real Rossetti stunner or a modern day sham?

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