Artist’s model for ihe painting was Alex Wilding.Rossetti first saw Wilding one evening on a London street in the Strand in 1865 and was impressed her beauty. She agreed to pose for him the next day, but did not come at the appointed time. Maybe it scared the dubious reputation of nudes at the time. Weeks passed, and Rossetti has dropped who came to his mind the idea of painting, which for him was very important to see this model when he saw on the street again Alex. He jumped out of the cab, which was riding and persuaded her to go into his studio.