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This painting is known throughout the world and is Falmouth Art Gallery Collection's most famous work. It is the study for the finished painting in Leeds Art Gallery, although many critics prefer the vitality and freedom of brushwork shown in this picture.
Waterhouse completed three paintings relating to different events in the poem, this is a study for the second. The first dates from 1888 and is housed at the Tate in London. It depicts the Lady in a boat heading down the river to her death. The third, painted in 1916, actually precedes the events of the earlier paintings and shows the Lady sitting at her loom and gazing into the mirror with her arms stretched out behind her head. The painting, entitled '"I am half-sick of shadows", Said the Lady of Shalott', is housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.
oil on canvas
H 121 x W 69 cm
gift from Alfred Aaron De Pass, 1923