The daughter of an Oxford groom, Jane Burden, or 'Janey' as she became known, first came into the Pre-Raphaelite orbit in 1857, when D. G. Rossetti and William Morris were at work on the Oxford Union Murals. She married William Morris in 1859. Of all the images in the series, this one provides the clearest evidence of Rossetti's use of photographs. The pose closely resembles that of 'Reverie' , a pastel drawing of three years later. But the sense of uncase present in the photograph has been etherialized, even so diluted as to lose flavour.