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The Lady of Shalott

This painting is a realisation of the tragic scene which concludes Alfred Tennyson’s poem The Lady of Shalott. Having defied the terms of her confinement, the heroine sets sail for Camelot and certain death. The picture may also have been intended as a tribute to Millais’s Ophelia, with broad impressionist brushwork replacing the precise treatment of the earlier Pre-Raphaelite work. Draped over the boat is the tapestry the Lady wove during her imprisonment. Beside it are three candles, often used to symbolise life. Two have blown out suggesting that her life will end soon, as she floats down the river.

Detailed Description The picture illustrates the following lines from part IV of Tennyso...

Oil paint on canvas
1530.0 x 2000.0cm
Image and text © Tate Britain, 2018

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Permanent collection