Date created: 1888
Dimensions: 72 x 91 inches
Current ownership: Tate Britain Gallery, London
Medium: Oil on canvas
The key features of the painting are:
Intricate brushwork and detail: This is typical of Waterhouse's work.
Realism: The painting looks like the subject.
Composition and design: The painting follows many of the classic "rules" of composition.
Strong focal point: Our eyes are drawn towards the lady around the middle.
Color contrast: Warm and saturated reds, yellows, and oranges. Dark blacks and browns. Muted greens and blues.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
The painting depicts the ending of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem also named The Lady of Shalott. Below is an extract:
And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance
With 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.
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