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William Holman Hunt
Bianca, 1869 — William Holman Hunt,


William Holman Hunt, 1868—1869

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The model for Bianca was an American girl named Miss Lydiard: ‘a very beautiful fair American girl’ according to Hunt.

Depicts Bianca, a character from Shakespeare’s Othello. She is Cassio’s jealous lover. Bianca plays a significant role in the progress of Iago’s scheme to incite Othello’s jealousy of Cassio. Traditionally regarded as a courtesan, Bianca was occasionally cut from performances in the 19th century on moral grounds.

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