Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1871-1945) was born years after the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had gone their separate ways. It is obvious when looking at her work that what we now consider the “Pre-Raphaelite style” had a great influence on her. Like many of the Pre-Raphaelites, her subjects were shown in a Medieval style of dress. The flora and fauna she included were studied and executed in technical detail, embracing the Pre-Raphaelite maxim of “truth to nature”.
Brickdale was successful as a book illustrator and as the creator of stained glass windows. Her illustrations for Tennyson’s Idylls of the King are wonderful, but of course I have a soft spot for Arthurian-themed art.
The picture below is one of my favorites because of its stunning contrast in color: