The Lady of Shalott

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Embroidery Code Number / SESFQ0206
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This silk embroidery is reproduced from the painting “The Lady of Shalott”  by John William Waterhouse, an English painter, completed in 1888. The painting depicts a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1832 poem of the same name. The painting features a young woman, loosely based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from medieval Arthurian legend, who yearned with an unrequited love for the knight Sir Lancelot, isolated under an undisclosed curse in a tower near King Arthur’s Camelot. The Lady of Shalott is confined to her quarters, under a curse that forbade her to go outside or even look directly out of a window; her only view of the world was through a mirror. She sat below the mirror and wove a tapestry of scenes she could see by the reflection. After defying the curse by looking out the window at Camelot, the Lady has made her way to a small boat. This is the moment that is pictured in Waterhouse’s painting, as the Lady is leaving to face her destiny. She is pictured sitting on the tapestry she has woven. The Lady has a lantern at the front of her boat and a crucifix is positioned near the bow. Next to the crucifix are three candles. Candles were a representation of life – two of the candles are already blown out, signifying that her death is soon to come. The painting has the precisely painted detail and bright colors associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. It is one of Waterhouse’s most famous works, which adopted much of the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, though Waterhouse was painting several decades after the Brotherhood split up during his early childhood. The painting is usually on display in Tate Britain, London, in room 1840. 

It is all hand embroidered with natural mulberry silk threads by embroidery artists from Su Embroidery Studio in Suzhou, China.

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This silk embroidery painting beautifully reproduces the iconic oil painting "The Lady of Shalott," originally created by the esteemed English artist John William Waterhouse. The Lady of Shalott is a renowned Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece, reflecting the artistic style and romantic themes characteristic of the movement.

The needle painting embroidery faithfully captures the essence of Waterhouse's composition. The Lady herself is the central figure, portrayed with delicate precision using silk threads. Her flowing, auburn hair and the intricate details of her attire are rendered with meticulous needlework, replicating the enchanting allure of the original painting.

The Lady of Shalott, based on Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, is depicted in a boat surrounded by lush textiles, flowers, and the mystical atmosphere of the Arthurian legend. The artist's skill in translating the intricate details of the oil painting into a silk needle painting is evident in the nuanced shading, color blending, and fine lines that characterize the embroidery.

John William Waterhouse, the original artist, was a prominent member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and is celebrated for his contributions to the Romantic and Symbolist movements. His paintings often explore themes of mythology, medieval literature, and the female form. The Lady of Shalott remains one of his most iconic and beloved works.

This embroidery painting pays homage to Waterhouse's artistic legacy, allowing admirers to bring the timeless beauty of "The Lady of Shalott" into their homes with a unique and skillfully crafted textile interpretation.

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