The Model Wife
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Effie Gray was the heroine of a great Victorian love story. Caught in a loveless marriage to the art critic John Ruskin, she fell in love with his protégé, the painter John Everett Millais, inspiring many of his most celebrated paintings. Drawing on exclusive access to unpublished letters and diaries, this absorbing biography brings to life this intelligent and resourceful woman, reveals her key role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and offers a new explanation of the Ruskins’ unconsummated marriage.