Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, ROI, RWS 1872-1945



Signed with a monogram in a cartouche

Source: Tennyson, facing p. 14.

This depiction of the "sweet and serviceable" Enid is one of Brickdale's twenty-one illustrations for the Hodder & Stoughton edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1911. Composed and demure, with a pure white wimple, richly coloured gown and cape, and in an enclosed garden with doves and a dove-cote nearby, Enid is characteristic of Brickdale's female subjects — probably according to her remit here, rather than expressing her own view of women's potential. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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