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Effie Merryn Williams

Effie

Merryn Williams

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224 pages
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Victorian scandals dont come much more intimate and revealing than a wife seeking an annulment from her famous husband because their marriage has not been consummated. When Effie Ruskin sought escape from her desperately unhappy life with art criticMoreVictorian scandals dont come much more intimate and revealing than a wife seeking an annulment from her famous husband because their marriage has not been consummated. When Effie Ruskin sought escape from her desperately unhappy life with art critic John Ruskin, she shattered the Victorian illusion of the perfect marriage. That she could then dare to hope for respectability and even happiness as the wife of artist John Everett Millais fuelled a scandal that was to reverberate around Victorian society for years to come. Ruskin, Millais and Effie were exposed to the kind of gossip todays wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted, Queen Victoria refused to receive her,while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effies body- Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britains most popular painters, but the taint of his wifes past would never be forgotten. From the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood comes a story as fascinating today as it was shocking in the 1850s.