Elaine

Elaine by Henry Wallis. c. 1861?, Oil on panel, 7 x 14 1/2 inches. According to the Anthea Brooke, "This is a finished study for the picture exhibited at the RA in 1861 (492), which was also owned by Thomas Plint, and was in his sale (81)." The following text from Tennyson's Idylls of the King accompanied the painting:

In her right hand the lily, in her left
The letter; all her bright hair streaming down;
And all the coverlet was cloth of gold
Drawn to her waist and she herself in white
All but her face, and that clear featured face
Was lovely, for she did not seem as dead,
But fast asleep, and lay as though she smiled.

References

Brooke, Anthea. Victorian Painting. Catalogue for exhibition November-December 1977. London: Fine Art Society, 1977.

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