Effie - A Victorian Scandal - from Ruskin's Wife to Millais's Muse-logo

Effie - A Victorian Scandal - from Ruskin's Wife to Millais's Muse

Merryn Williams

Victorian scandals don't 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 today's wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted - Queen Victoria initially refused to receive her - while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effie's body; Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britain s most popular painters, but the stigma of his wife's 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.

Victorian scandals don't 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 today's wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted - Queen Victoria initially refused to receive her - while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effie's body; Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britain s most popular painters, but the stigma of his wife's 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.
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Victorian scandals don't 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 today's wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted - Queen Victoria initially refused to receive her - while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effie's body; Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britain s most popular painters, but the stigma of his wife's 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

8h 2m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:32