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The Lady of Shallot is a painting done by John William Waterhouse in 1888.

This is an excellent condition print on wood, no scratches or marks and professionally framed ready to hang straight on the wall.

Measurements H52cm W65cm

In the famous poet -Tennyson’s, version of the legend, the Lady of Shalott was forbidden to look directly at reality or the outside world; instead she was doomed to view the world through a mirror, and weave what she saw into tapestry. Her despair was heightened when she saw loving couples entwined in the far distance and she spent her days and nights aching for a return to normal. One day the Lady's mirror revealed Sir Lancelot passing by on his horse. When she impetuously took three paces across the room and looked at him, the mirror cracked and she realised that the curse had befallen her. The lady escaped by boat during an autumn storm, inscribing 'The Lady of Shalott' on the prow.

This is the moment that is pictured in Waterhouse's painting, as the Lady is leaving to face her destiny. She is pictured sitting on the tapestry she has woven with a lantern at the front of her boat and a crucifix is positioned near the bow. Next to the crucifix are three candles. Candles were a representation of life – two of the candles are already blown out, signifying that her death is soon to come.

As she sailed towards Camelot and certain death, she sang a lament. Her frozen body was found shortly afterwards by the knights and ladies of Camelot, one of whom is Lancelot, who prayed to God to have mercy on her soul.

The Lady of Shalott’s curse symbolizes the reality of her place in medieval society; once her gaze is won by a dashing man her fate is outside of her own hands.

The Lady of Shallot 1888 Framed Wood Print

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