The Lady of Shalott
Greeting CardJohn William Waterhouse
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The Lady of Shalott greeting card by artist John William Waterhouse. The card is printed on high quality heavy-weight card including a large border, and is blank inside for your own message. Reproduced from an original painting by John William Waterhouse.
The following is taken from the back of the card:
This famous painting is based on Tennyson's poem, "The Lady of Shalott". Published in 1883, the poem tells the tale of a fair maiden, cursed and living alone in a tower on an island near King Arthur's castle. Filling her days by weaving a tapestry of the scenes of Camelot she views through the reflection in a mirror, one day she glimpses the gallant knight Lancelot and cannot resist looking at him directly. The curse of love from which she suffers causes her to leave her tower and take a boat moored on the river that leads to the castle. She casts off, singing softly to herself, and allows the current to carry her towards Camelot, but her life ebbs away before she reaches her destination.
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About John William WaterhouseBorn on 6th April 1849 in Rome, and given the nickname 'Nino' as a child, John William Waterhouse was the son of two English painters who had moved to Italy to develop their art. The family moved back to England during the late 1850's, and the young John william Waterhouse worked with his father in his studios, where he developed talents in both sculpting and painting.
Some of his earlier works focused on the themes and scenes of his birthplace, Italy. Later on his works reflected the styles and themes of the Pre-raphaelites such as Alma-Tadema and Frederick Leighton. He went on to paint over 200 paintings depicting classical mythology, particularly Roman mythology, and literary subjects such as the poetry of Keats and Tennyson. A theme commonly found in his works is that of the Femme Fatale. Most of the women he painted were beautiful and elegant, and in many paintings, men were their victims!
Unusually in the art world, Waterhouse became popular and financially stable while he was still alive. Some of his works were bought by Australias' prestigious museums, and this gave Waterhouse enough financial stability to marry. So in 1883, Waterhouse married Esther Kenworthy, the daughter of an art schoolmaster and an artist in her own right, and together they rented an apartment in the Primrose Hill Studios, in London. A few years later, and with greater financial means, they purchased a home in St. John's Wood, London.
John William Waterhouse continued to paint until his death on the 10th Febuary 1917, and his grave can be found in Kensal Green Cemetery, London. View more by John William Waterhouse.
Size: 5.75" x 4.25"
Source: Printed in the UK