Christina was his sister, while Cotman taught him at school. He studied with Brown, tiring of his teaching but staying friends for life. The friendship with Hunt was critical — together with Millais they forged the Pre-Raphaelite philosophy. Further significant friendships began when Rossetti met Morris and Burne-Jones with both still students (even though Rossetti’s technical shortcomings soon showed). Tennyson, Browning and Whistler were friends, and Ruskin a keen but critical patron. Rossetti was a strong and tolerant influence on Swinburne, given the poet’s excesses when they shared a house in Chelsea.