Founder of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood with painters John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt. Brother of poet Christina Rossetti. Studied at the Royal Academy and with Ford Maddox Brown. Married Elizabeth Siddal 1860. Poet as well as painter. After Siddal's death, alliances with muses Fanny Cornforth and Jane Burden, wife of his business partner, William Morris.