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The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

These three illustrations are taken from my illustrated book of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem. Most of my images in the book show the Lady of Shalott's viewpoint because her experience of isolation and loneliness are at the heart of the poem. The view of Camelot is how the Lady of Shalott part-sees (through her mirror) and part-imagines the castle. The 'low sky raining' complements her melancholy feelings as she climbs into the boat in which she dies. The Lady of Shalott herself only appears in three illustrations throughout the book, each time encased in the boat shape (which is repeated in an earlier illustration as a casement window, and in a later illustration as Lancelot's shield on which she is depicted.) This is to portray that, although she escapes her tower, the Lady of Shalott never attains freedom from her isolation.

For these images I drew inspiration from medieval, or medieval inspired, art, such as illuminated manuscripts, frescoes and church carvings. I also found the Pre-Raphaelite images of knights and damsels provided clues for how to create a melancholy mood in my own illustrations.

Heavily the low sky raining
The broad stream bore her far away