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          Artwork details

          Lady of Shalott, 1888
          Artist
          John William Waterhouse
          Product code
          johwat002
          Artwork code
          n01543
          Artist code
          583
          Original: Oil on canvas 153 x 200 cm Tate, London

          Tennyson's literature was popular with the Pre-Raphaelites, and is the subject of 'The Lady of Shalott'. The Lady drifts in her candle-lit boat downstream thinking of Camelot, amongst a beautiful natural scene. The setting is not identified, although the Waterhouses frequently visited Somerset and Devon. The model is traditionally said to be the artist's wife.

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          Artist details

          English painter John William Waterhouse entered the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1870. He regularly travelled abroad, particularly to Italy. Waterhouse created a distinctive type of female beauty which dominates his work. Waterhouse is the best known of the artists who from the 1880s revived the literary themes popularised by the Pre-Raphaelites, though he was not Pre-Raphaelite in technique. Other influences include the Newlyn School, literature and Greek mythology.

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