How sad it were for Arthur, should he live,TENNYSON, IDYLLS OF THE KING.
To sit once more within the lonely hall,
And miss to hear high talk of noble deeds
As in the golden days before thy sin.’
John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1937), an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, presents three beautiful female figures in a Medieval chamber at the bottom of a staircase. The painting is a blend of Renaissance and Medieval styles for which John Melhuish Strudwick was known.
I was captivated by the vibrant colours, the flow of the garments, and the intricate wood and gold paneling on the musical instrument.
“The title is taken from Tennyson’s Idylls of the King from the part of the poem where Guinevere talks of her regret of her sins and desire to return to the idyllic time of her youth. The central figure dressed in green may therefore depict the young Guinevere, attended by two of her companions before she had met Arthur or Lancelot.” Sotheby’s