Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)
The Lady of Shalott
Oil on canvas, 153 x 200 cm
Tate Britain, London
The picture illustrates the following lines from part IV of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’:
And down the river’s dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance –
With glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.
• Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892)