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The Lady of Shalott

1857 (Published)
Place of origin

A woman with long hair, entwined with threads from her weaving.

Object details

Object type
TitleThe Lady of Shalott (popular title)
Materials and techniques
Wood engraving
Brief description
William Holman Hunt, 'The Lady of Shalott', illustration to 'Poems of Alfred Tennyson', proof wood-engraving, published 1857.
Physical description
A woman with long hair, entwined with threads from her weaving.
  • Height: 39.8cm
  • Width: 28.6cm
Production typeArtist's proof
Gallery label
By the 1840s wood engravers dominated the field of illustration. They reproduced drawings supplied by artists, including some of the Pre-Raphaelites like Holman Hunt. For this print, Thompson used a delicate technique in which the creation of each black line required an incision either side. The result shows astonishing technical virtuosity, especially the fine line encircling the heroine.(August 2019)
Credit line
Given by Harold Hartley
Literary references
  • Poems of Alfred Tennyson
  • Arthurian Romances
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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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