Wednesday, July 14

Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" depicted by John W. Waterhouse

This is very known painting and maybe you have already saw it but does not know what it represents and who is the painter. He is John Williams Waterhouse who did this work in 1888.
This is the text of the Tate Gallery, where it is now:
"This painting illustrates Alfred Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shalott. Draped over the boat is the fabric the lady wove in a tower near Camelot. But she brought a curse on herself by looking directly at Sir Lancelot.With her right hand she lets go of the chain mooring the boat. Her mouth is slightly open, as she sings ‘her last song’. She stares at a crucifix lying in front of her. Beside it are three candles, often used to symbolise life. Two have blown out. This suggests her life will end soon, as she floats down the river."
I will post another of John W. Waterhouse painting: "The Crystal Ball". Stay tunned mum!

2 comments:

susan said...

Hello Sweet Ana,

I adore Tennyson, he is my favorite poet , Eliot is number two.

Lovely picture. It is now my wallpaper. Thank you so much!

xxx

Ana said...

Susan my dear!
I'm happy you liked it.
I'm always thinking of you.
Love,
Ana