The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

William Holman Hunt

c.1887–1892

England

oil painting

Alfred Tennyson’s Arthurian poetry, including The Idylls of the King and The Lady of Shalott, inspired many artistic responses. William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) had illustrated the latter with Dante Gabriel Rossetti for an 1857 edition of Tennyson’s works. He returned to the theme several times, including in this painting of c.1887–1892, whose rich symbolism conveys a troubling vision of female entrapment and the ambivalent relationship between duty, desire and the creative imagination.

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