English Pre-Raphaelite painter and draftsman, John William Waterhouse
was one of the most prolific painters of all time. His work spanned
over five decades and includes some of the most stunning subjects using a
wide range of technique. Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shallott’ published in 1883 tells of a
woman suffering under an undisclosed curse, and living isolated in a
tower near King Arthur’s castle. She is allowed to see the outside
world only through its reflection in a mirror. One day she glimpses the
handsome knight Lancelot reflected and cannot resist looking at him
directly. The punishment that follows results in her drifting in her
boat downstream to Camelot ‘singing her last song,’ but dying before
reaching there. Waterhouse shows her letting go the boat’s chains,
while staring at the crucifix, placed in front of the three glittering
candles.Lady of Shallot is a complicated piece, but a gorgeous master for a wall hanging or framed piece. We suggest 16 or 18 mesh and are partial to silk threads for definition for this 17″ x 24″ mono deluxe needlepoint canvas. Please indicate your mesh preference in the Notes section at Checkout. We are happy to select appropriate thread colors to help complete.
Please contact us if you would like us to add the fibers of your choice.