"Maud is Only Seventeen"

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, ROI, RWS, 1871-1945

Water-colour illustration / colour plate

1901

Source: Brickdale 144

Lines printed with the title: "Maud is only seventeen / But she is tall and stately" (from Tennyson's Maud — although it should be "not," as in the poem and also the list of illustrations, rather than "only." This is the beautiful young woman with whom the troubled narrator falls in love, in the lovely garden of her father's house, where she tends his flowers. Fate will intervene but for this moment, all is perfection. [Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]

  • Tennyson's Idylls of the King
  • "Come into the Garden, Maud" (parlour song, sung by Derek Scott)
  • Image download, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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