Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Treasury Tuesday – The Lady of Shalott

Recently, a woman named Katherine made one of my favorite treasuries to date. Inspired by the poem "The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson (whose works I very much adore), she created this ode to the Lady herself. For those who haven't read this lengthy, but beautiful melodic ballad, you can find it here. Like a mournful song, the life of this Arthurian like legend meets a hauntingly tragic end. The treasury below captures the poem beautifully and I was overwhelmingly delighted to have my antique castle button, "For Whom the Bell Tolls", included amongst such sadly romantic pieces. This poem was also the inspiration behind one of my favorite paintings by John William Waterhouse as well. His sumptuous style nearly breaks my heart and the light and texture he created in that painting is incredible in its despair. I love that paired together, you can see how the poem inspired two different people more than one hundred years apart to create very similar visual images.

To view individual items in this treasury, click here.

Lady of Shalott inspired gift guide on Etsy #legend #camelot

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