Tennyson and John William Waterhouse’s “The Lady of Shalott”

“The Lady of Shalott” by John William Waterhouse

I did an earlier post about Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem. “The Lady of Shalott” (“Alfred Lord Tennyson and the Band Perry.” See Tennyson’s poem at Poetryfoundation.org here). The pre-Raphaelite artist, John William Waterhouse, inspired by Tennyson’s poem, painted this exquisitely lovely, photo-realistic picture of the Lady of Shalott as she floats down the river to Camelot. For me, it embodies the pre-Raphaelite spirit.  This painting recently appeared in a short article in the art section of the Guardian ( see the article here. )

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