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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 fueled 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.

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