Sophia’s Cranford

Who was Sophia Barnet? She’s definitely not the soulful young woman on the card, kept in this old book, which is of a late Millais painting, The Disciple. The model here is thought to be Mary Lloyd, or an imaginary woman inspired by her classical looks. Mary was born c. 1863, in Shropshire, the daughter of a once wealthy but later bankrupt country […]