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Walter Crane : “The Lady of Shalott” (1862)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Walter Crane produced The Lady of Shalott as an illustration for Tennyson’s ballad of the same name. It tells the story of Elaine of Astolat, a young noblewoman imprisoned in a tower where she is cursed to weave images on her loom without directly looking out at the world. Instead, she looks into a mirror, which reflects the busy road and people of Camelot passing by her island. Impassioned at the sight of Lancelot, she stops weaving to look directly out her window. Having thereby doomed herself, she finds a boat and floats down the river to Camelot, but dies en route, her body discovered by King Arthur’s knights. The Lady of Shalott was a favorite subject of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who influenced Crane. His variation on the motif is distinguished by its sepulchral, yet dreamlike style.

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