The Lady of Shalott

Sir Joseph Noel paton, RSA

Oil on circular panel

Diameter: 10 3/4 inches

This is one of the painter's exercises in Pre-Raphaelitism, complete with subject from Tennyson. The commitment is completely to the expression. There is a good deal of the intense, claustrophobic ladies of the seventies and after by Rossetti. The painting relates closely to Paton's sculpture of The Head of Christ, (ill Art Journal 1895, p 125) which demonstrates clearly the short step between the artist's religious and poetic themes [Brooke].

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