Poet Christina Rossetti was the sister of writer Michael William Rossetti and of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Rossetti's uncle, John Polidori, was the author of The Vampyre, a work which may have influenced her poem Goblin Market. Rossetti was fascinated by the gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe and had intended to write her biography. She only gave up this plan when she discovered how little material was available. Rossetti's poems were published in the Pre-Raphaelite journal the Germ, and she sat for a number of paintings by the group.
The Rossettis were friends with Lewis Carroll, and his dream books were an influence on Christina's. Carroll was a gifted photographer in the early days of the art, an interest shared by Rossetti and Morris.
clipped a precious golden lock,
from Goblin Market