Exploring the Lady of Shalott

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s narrative poem The Lady of Shalott was a subject that Pre-Raphaelite artists depicted repeatedly.

Forbidden from interacting with the world, the lady lives a life of solitude, spending her time weaving elaborate tapestries as events of the world are reflected to her through a mirror.

Both Tennyson’s poem and the plethora of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite paintings of it are endlessly fascinating rabbit holes.

Let’s dive in, shall we?