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The Lady of Shalott. Presentation by Puja Parekh. John William Waterhouse. Born in Rome to William and Isabella Waterhouse in 1849 Studied painting under his father. Very little is known about Waterhouse. Most famous painting is that of the Lady of Shalott.

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The lady of shalott

The Lady of Shalott

Presentation by Puja Parekh


John william waterhouse
John William Waterhouse

  • Born in Rome to William and Isabella Waterhouse in 1849

  • Studied painting under his father.

  • Very little is known about Waterhouse.

  • Most famous painting is that of the Lady of Shalott.

  • Produced 3 paintings on the subject: One in 1888, 1896 and 1916


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The Lady of Shalott

  • The Lady of Shalott is a poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

  • The Lady is thought to be loosely based on Elaine of Astolat.

  • Tennyson claims that the poem was based on an Italian novelette Donna di Scalotta, but there are details in the poem not present in the novelette.


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The Lady of Shalott

  • The Lady was cursed to live in a tower and never look out of the window at the world below.

  • She kept herself amused by weaving beautiful tapestries of the outside scenes she saw reflected through the mirror.

  • She began to get restless after she saw two lovers in the mirror.

  • She saw Lancelot’s reflection in the mirror, fell in love and looked out of the window.

  • The mirror broke, and she knew she was doomed to die.


On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And through the field the road run by To many-tower'd Camelot; And up and down the people go, Gazing where the lilies blow Round an island there below, The island of Shalott.


By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot. Four grey walls, and four grey towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott.


Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, An abbot on an ambling pad, Sometimes a curly shepherd lad, Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad Goes by to tower'd Camelot; And sometimes through the mirror blue The knights come riding two and two. She hath no loyal Knight and true, The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror's magic sights,


Down she came and found a boat Beneath a willow left afloat, And around about the prow she wrote The Lady of Shalott.


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.


The lady of shalott 1896
The Lady of Shalott (1896)

She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack'd from side to side; "The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott.


I am half sick of shadows said the lady of shalott 1916
“I am half sick of Shadows” said the Lady of Shalott (1916)

But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror's magic sights, For often through the silent nights A funeral, with plumes and lights And music, went to Camelot; Or when the Moon was overhead, Came two young lovers lately wed. "I am half sick of shadows," said The Lady of Shalott.


The lady was also painted by
The Lady was also painted by: (1916)

  • Sidney Harold Meteyard

  • William Holman Hunt

  • William Maw Egley

  • Arthur Hughes

  • John Atkinson Grimshaw

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti – wood engraving

  • Elizabeth Siddal – Ink on paper


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