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The picture illustrates the following lines from part IV of Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott': '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'. Tennyson's poem, first published in 1832, tells of a woman who suffers under an undisclosed curse.
oil on canvas
H 153 x W 200 cm
presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894