This chapter scrutinises the persistent association between Jane Morris and sexual scandal in biographies and scholarship associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Her two known affairs, with Rossetti and with Blunt, are re-examined through diverse contemporaries sources. Close attention is paid to correspondence concerning Rossetti’s psychological breakdown among his inner circle of friends in 1871 as a key resource in the perpetuation of a negative view of Jane Morris while the account of her affair with Blunt is examined through Blunt’s Secret Memoirs, a multi-volume journal describing his extra-marital dalliances and obsessions. Against the prevailing depiction of Jane Morris as a femme fatale, this chapter argues that a closer examination of her letters not only reveals a high degree of self-knowledge concerning her status as an object of exchange between well-known men but also attests to a sense of emotional agency despite the constraints of Victorian marriage and gender expectations.
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