When the Dutch artist Margje Bijl (1975) was given this image of Jane Morris (1839-1914), at first glance she thought she was looking at herself. Intrigued by this encounter in 2004 she has been working on her project ‘Reflections on Jane Morris’ since 2009.
Her multidisciplinary approach to the Pre-Raphaelite ‘muse’ Jane Morris reflects her own background, of a wide range of interests and studies from fine art and photography to creative writing and psychology.
Portrait of Jane Morris by John Robert Parsons, 1865
commissioned and posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
wet plate collodion photograph, Birmingham Museum