In 1893 Hunt wrote to F.J.Shields that the model he needed for 'The Lady of Shalott' must be at least 5 feet 7.5 inches; he told Burne-Jones that she must also have a long neck as the head was to be bent. Miss Sellers obviously filled the second requirement, as the post of the head is close to that in both versions of the oil painting. Her features probably formed the basis for the Manchester oil sketch, though they have been considerably softened in the painting. Eugenie Sellers was an English archaeologist who married Arthur Strong in 1897. As with Stella Duckworth, Hunt preferred to base the head of the lady on an acquaintance of his own class rather than a professional model.