Arthur Hughes. Study for The Lady of Shalott. c. 1860. Oil on board, 14.00 cm x 20.50 cm. Photograph: Peter Nahum. "Arthur Hughes made a study for The Lady of Shalott in which he captures the fearful, hopeful qualities that one can easily imagine in connection with a young Victorian lady's first tryst. The weeping willow behind her forms a natural bower out of which she leans to look down to Camelot. The impressionistic rendering of light reflecting on the river, the leaves of the willow, and the Lady's dress imparts an enchanted, fairytale quality to the picture." — Elizabeth Nelson, p. 14.

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The Lady of Shalott, a study. Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries. Web. 16 December 2023.

Nelson, Elizabeth. "Tennyson and the Ladies of Shalott." Ladies of Shalottt: A Victorian Masterpiece and Its Contexts. Ed. George Landow, Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University. 1985. 4-16.

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