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The Passing of Arthur; the body of Arthur on a boat with three female figures in mourning. 1855
- Production date
Height: 83 millimetres (Sheet measurement.)
Width: 124 millimetres (Sheet measurement.)
- Curator's comments
- Jan Marsh's catalogue entry for this drawing in 'Elizabeth Siddal 1829-1862: Pre-Raphaelite Artist.' states that this is:
"One of three known compositional skeches illustrating Tennyson, intended either for 'The Palace of Art' where Arthur is said to be:
'dozing in the vale of Avalon
And watched by weeping queens'
or more probably for 'Morte d'Arthur':
'And to the barge they came. There those three Queens
Put forth their hands and took the King and wept.
But she, that rose tallest of them all
And fairest, laid his head upon her lap
And loosed the shatter'd casque, and chafed his hands,
And called him by his name, complaining loud,
And dropping bitter tears against his brow
Striped with dark blood.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991, The Ruskin Gallery, 'Elizabeth Siddal 1829-1862: Pre-Raphaelite Artist.' No. 13.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: The Palace of Art.
Associated Title: Morte d'Arthur
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- John Christian purchased this drawing from Campbell Wilson. He retained the invoice, no:2447 dated 09.02.11 which provides the following information:
"Lizzie Siddal, Pencil drawing of the passing of Arthur.'
This drawing was sold with 'The Maries at the Sepulchre' (19) at Christie's London: 'Victorian & British Impressionist, pictures including drawings and watercolours.' on Wednesday 15 December 2010.
Acquired by The British Museum attached to a mount unevenly cut and possibly contemporary to the work. (No seondary mount or dealer's mount.)
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