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Emma Lucy Rossetti (Brown)

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: Died in Sanremo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Place of Burial: Sanremo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ford Madox Brown and Elizabeth Brown
Wife of William Michael Rossetti
Mother of Olivia Frances Madox Agresti; Gabriel Arthur Madox Rossetti; Helen Maria M. Rossetti; Mary E.M Rossetti and Michael Ford Madox Rosetti
Half sister of Catherine Madox Hüffer; Oliver Madox Brown and Arthur Gabriel Madox Brown

Occupation: artist, biographer, artist's model
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Emma Lucy Rossetti

Lucy Madox Brown Rossetti (19 July 1843 – 12 April 1894) was an artist, author and model associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and married to the writer and art critic William Michael Rossetti.

From 1855 she suffered from consumption and went to Italy for her health during the winter. She died on 12 April 1894 at the Hotel Victoria in Sanremo, Italy, in the presence of her husband and her daughter Olivia, and was buried in La Foce Cemetery.

family

She was the daughter of Ford Madox Brown and Elisabeth Bromley (1819–1846). Born in 1843 in Paris, her mother died just three years later in 1846, and she was sent to live with her aunt Helen Bromley in Gravesend, Kent. In 1856 she went to live with the Rossetti household in London and was tutored by her future sister-in-law, Maria Francesca Rossetti.

In the summer of 1873 she became engaged to William Michael Rossetti, and they married on 31 March 1874. William was the son of Gabriele Rossetti and the brother of Maria Francesca Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Georgina Rossetti. There was a fourteen-year age gap between the couple but they had much in common: they were both agnostic, with strong views on art, feminism and liberal politics. They honeymooned in France and Naples, Italy, in April 1874. They attempted to live with William's family but, due to religious differences with Christina Georgina Rossetti and her mother, Frances Rossetti, moved out to their own accommodation in Bloomsbury by the end of 1876.

Their first child, Olivia Frances Madox, was born in September 1875, and their son, Gabriel Arthur, was born in February 1877, followed by Helen Maria, in November 1879, and twins, Mary Elizabeth and Michael Ford, in April 1881. Michael died in infancy.

Lucy's will left everything to her children, which Dinah Roe suggests was intended to protect them in the event William remarried in the future.

Artistic and literary career

The Duet by Lucy Madox Brown

She began painting in 1868, and along with her half sister Catherine, modelled and worked as an assistant under their father.[5] Other female Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Georgiana Burne-Jones, the sister of Thomas Seddon and Marie Spartali Stillman also took lessons in the same studio. Working mainly in watercolours, she exhibited in Dudley Museum and Art Gallery from 1869 to 1872.[7] Her painting, The Duet, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1870,[8] was described by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as a "perfect picture". She stopped painting in 1874.

She wrote the biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Mrs. Shelley, for John Ingram's Eminent Women series and it was published in 1890.


His [Ford Madox Brown's] daughters Lucy and Catherine were also competent artists. Lucy married William Michael Rossetti in 1874. They honeymooned in France and Italy.

Their children:

  • Olivia Frances Madox, was born in September 1875, and her birth was celebrated in an ode of Swinburne's. . In 1897, Olivia married an Italian anarchist refugee, Antonio Agresti. They later moved to Italy, where Olivia became a translator and writer. After she was widowed in 1926, she became an associate of Ezra Pound, and the two corresponded frequently.
  • Gabriel Arthur, was born in February 1877. Gabriel Arthur, known as Arthur to the family, became a scientist, married Dora Lewis, and had several children.
  • Helen Maria, in November 1879, Helen became a painter of miniatures, and in 1903 married Gastone Angeli. He was in fragile health and died only a few months later. Helen gave birth to his posthumous daughter, Imogen Lucy, in 1904.
  • Mary Elizabeth (twin to)
  • Michael Ford, in April 1881. Michael died in infancy.

Rossetti and his wife did not have the children baptized, nor were they raised in a Christian household. The children were schooled at home by their mother and governesses.


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Emma Lucy Rossetti's Timeline

1843
July 19, 1843
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
August 13, 1843
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
1875
September 30, 1875
Age 32
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1877
1877
Age 33
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1879
1879
Age 35
London
1881
April 1881
Age 37
Pancras, London, England
1882
1882
Age 38
London
1894
April 12, 1894
Age 50
Sanremo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
April 12, 1894
Age 50
Sanremo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy