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The subject of this picture is based on a poem called 'Christabel' by the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It tells the story of her encounter with a stranger called Geraldine, who claims to have been abducted from her home by a band of rough men. Dyce depicts the part of the story where Christabel goes into the woods to pray to the large oak tree and, on hearing a noise, discovers Geraldine behind the tree.
oil on panel
H 54 x W 44.8 cm
presented by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest, 1965