We've lent to the William Morris Gallery's Legend of King Arthur exhibition

14 October 2022 - 22 Janurary 2023


The Maas Gallery has lent Elizabeth Siddal's The Lady of Shallot (1853) and William Holman Hunt's Eugenie Sellers, Study for The Lady of Shalott (c 1895) to William Morris Gallery's The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story (14 October 2022 - 22 Janurary 2023).


This exhibition explores the legend of King Arthur within the Victorian imagination, presenting national myths and legends through the eyes of Pre-Raphaelite artists. King Arthur is a central figure in English folklore, a fictional 5th century ruler who led his famous knights in various battles and quests. The Arthurian stories are told through numerous works by various authors from the 9th century onwards. The telling and retelling of the legend culminated in the English author Thomas Malory writing down the stories in a single work in 1485, Le Morte d’Arthur.


The Arthurian legends fell out of interest at the end of the Middle Ages but were rediscovered in the early 19th Century, initially by poets such as Walter Scott and Alfred Tennyson. William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones read these poems obsessively whilst at Oxford University and drew from them - and the myths that inspired them - for artistic projects throughout their careers...  READ MORE

14 October 2022