Marsh, Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. ◦
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 197 (no. 516).
Ellen Smith was a laundress “who was a popular model for a while, sitting to
several painters” (Marsh 248). DGR used her frequently in some of his
most important pictures: for example, A Christmas Carol, Joli Coeur, Washing Hands, the left foreground
bridesmaid in The Beloved, and the replicas of
The Loving Cup.
In his diary entry for 13 April 1863 George Boyce wrote that “she sat for several of [DGR's] sweetest
pictures until the poor girl got her face sadly cut about and disfigured by a brute of a soldier and then of course she was of no more use as a model” (
Boyce, Diaries, 45