Monday, June 29, 2009

The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse

Oil on Canvas, 78.8 x 60.28 inches, 1888

This is one of three paintings Waterhouse made based on Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott." Below is an excerpt of the poem:
And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance --
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.
Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right --
The leaves upon her falling light --
Thro' the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.
A Waterhouse exhibition is currently taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until September 13, 2009, and will be at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from October 1, 2009 to February 7, 2010.


  1. one of my favorite paintings by Waterhouse.

  2. I love William Waterhouse and I love this painting!! Have you listened to the song version of this poem by Loreena McKennitt?

  3. Valora, I did hear that song a long time ago, thanks for reminding me. I'm listening to it right now. Her work is so beautiful.