Saturday, February 24, 2007


This painting by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) begun in 1886 and finally exhibited in 1905 is now in the Manchester Art Gallery (England). Initially the Lady of Shallot is a poem by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). It has been illustrated by William hunt, Dante Rossetti and John Waterhouse.

The Lady of Shalott is said to be representative of the dilemna that face artists to create work about and celebrating the world, or to enjoy the world by simply living in it. Thus the Lady is placed in a chaotic scene of swirling yarn which she appears to be tangled up in. Perhaps one of her most striking features is her explosion of wavy, windblown hair.

In 1961 this picture was sold for only 9500 Guineas (1 Gn = 1 Pound and 1 Schilling).

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