Miller, Annie

BORN 1835, London: Cottage near Duke of York Public House, Chelsea - DIED 1925, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Worked as a barmaid when her beauty attracted the attention of the painter William Holman Hunt. He took care of her education and learned her how to behave in society. Hunt wanted to marry her, but she soon got tired of his preaching and amused herself with his friends (she probably had some kind of an affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but it isn't known if the reationship was sexual).

In 1859 their engagement was terminated. She accepted the money that Hunt offered her to bring a good marriage within her reach and on 23 Jul 1863 she married Thomas Ranelagh Thomson, nephew of the Earl of Ranelagh, at St. Pancras Church. On 11 Oct 1866 she had a daughter, Annie Helen and in 1867 a son was born, Thomas James. Her husband died in 1916. Annie lived to be ninety and died in 1925.

She was the model for Hunt's "The Awakening Concience" (Tate Gallery, London).

Related persons
• was painted by Hunt, William Holman
• was engaged to Hunt, William Holman
• had a relationship with Rossetti, Dante Gabriel
• was detested by Siddal, Elizabeth

• Holman-Hunt, Diana, My Grandfather, His Wives and Loves, Hamish-Hamilton, London, 1969
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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 20 Jan 2019