Fair Rosamund (1916)

Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)

Fair Rosamund
Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 72.3 cm
National Museum WalesCardiff

Fair Rosamund kneels in prayer, waiting for her lover King Henry II. From behind the curtain appears the vengeful Queen Eleanor, who has come to poison her rival. The legend was popular among Pre-Raphaelite artists. A late follower of that movement, Waterhouse painted this sketch in preparation for a larger work exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1917. (NMW)


De Morgan, Evelyn (1855-1919)
Queen Eleanor and the Fair Rosamund
Probably 19011902
De Morgan Collection



Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)
Fair Rosamund
National Museum WalesCardiff



Scott, William Bell (1811-1890)
Fair Rosamond Alone in Her Bower
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumGlasgow



Scott, William Bell (1811-1890)
Fair Rosamund in her Bower
after 1854
Private collection



See also:

Clifford, Rosamund (c.1140-c.1176) | Eleanor of Aquitaine (c.1122-1204) | Henry II, King of England (1133-1189)