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Whiter Shade of Pale White Goddess Weeping Willow Woman Venus of the Sherds Travelling Hopefully This Autumn Evening Phryne Ophelia
On The Beach Moonshine Lilith Labyrinth Herm Hamadryads Genius Loci Freya
Flora Furiosa Eurydice Dido Diana & Actaeon Danae Correspondent Carpe Diem Camping Tahiti


after the painting by Millais (1852).

I went to Art college in Kingston, London on the banks of a shallow, weedy and unremarkable river with the evocative name of Hogsmill. We were told in History of Art that Millais painted his famous picture further up-stream. Millais’ model was Elizabeth Siddal wife of his friend and fellow Pre-Raphaelite Rossetti. She was to die later of a laudanum overdose. Millais although now rehabilitated by the public is viewed with distaste by the Tate’s director Serota who has moved Millais’ statue to the rear of the building. My version was photographed in a torrent, the Flora, near Vulci on the borders of Tuscany - it does not look anything like the Hogsmill.

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