(b Charlottesville, Va., 1 Oct. 1827; d London, 2 Feb. 1854). British painter, closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites (he was proposed for membership of the Brotherhood, to replace Collinson, but was never actually elected). In 1849 he ‘discovered’ Elizabeth Siddal, the archetypal Pre-Raphaelite model and Rossetti's future wife. Deverell was noted for his good looks and charm and Elizabeth was probably in love with him.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)