The following are a few of the large number of representations in Victorian art of women as contemplative beings. — George P. Landow

Women by Women

Left: Emma Sandys, Portrait of a Girl. Middle: Emily Mary Osborn, A Golden Day Dream. Right: Evelyn de Morgan, The Vision.

Religious Paintings

Left: Evelyn de Morgan, Mater Dolorosa. Middle left: D. G. Rossetti, The Annunciation. Middle right: W. H. Hunt, Morning Prayer. Right: Charles Collins, Convent Thoughts.

Rossetti's Fair Ladies

Left: La Donna Della Finestra. Midle left: Regina Cordium or The Queen of Hearts. Middle right: Prosperpine Right: La Donna della Fiamma.

Femmes Fatales

Left: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Helen of Troy. Middle: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lady Lilith. Right: Edward Burne-Jones, Laus Venberis.

Women at Windows, Modern and Medieval

John Everett Millais, Mariana. Middle: Anna Elizabeth Blunden (Mrs. Martino), The Seamstress (A Song of the Shirt). Right: John Rodham Spencer Stanhope, Thoughts of the Past.


Left: W. H. Hunt, Edith Waugh Hunt. Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait of a Girl in a green dress.

Myth, Allegory, Symbol

Left: Edward Burne-Jones, Vernus Epithalamia. Middle left: Edward Burne-Jones, King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid. Middle right (1): Herbert Draper, Lamia. Middle right (2): Sidney Harold Meteyard, Evening. Right: Albert Moore, Anemones.

Last modified 26 October 2004