St Eulalia was martyred in the fourth century, aged twelve, for refusing to make sacrifices to the Roman gods. A white dove emerged from Eulalia’s mouth at the moment of her death and a miraculous fall of snow descended.
John William Waterhouse
188.6 x 117.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 188.6 x 117.5 cm ® Tate, London
British painter John William Waterhouse entered the RA Schools in 1870 and first exhibited at the RA in 1874. His early subjects were classical and contemporary Italian scenes. In 1888 he painted the Lady of Shalott and then began a series of Pre-Raphaelite themes with a focus on female beauty and symbolism. His later influences were literature and mythology. Waterhouse’s works were well received until the early 20th century when his style had become outdated, a view renounced in the 1960s.