Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalot canvas tote
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Lined book bag: 100% cotton (235gsm) with red cotton lining and black fabric handles. On both sides of the bag, the same scene is repeated from Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalot, in which we can witness the last moments of the life of a beautiful but cursed young woman, imprisoned into a tower, a dashing knight, an unfulfilled love and a mysterious curse. It can be a great gift if you want to surprise those who move at home in the medieval knightly world. A book bag, for example, is perfect and we don’t have to worry about not carrying heavy, chunky historical novels.
John William Waterhouse: Lady of Shalot, 1888 © Tate
Alfred Tennyson’s poem, ‘The Lady of Shalott’ (1833) describes a heroine cursed to stay in her tower, forbidden to look directly at the world. When she glimpses the night Sir Lancelot she falls in love, defies the curse and leaves the tower to find him. Waterhouse shows the Lady of Shalott out in the cold world. At the point of death, she frees a boat to float down the river to Camelot. In Victorian society women were often restricted to the home and domestic life as men went out to work. The poem could be read as a warning to women who didn’t conform to this.
|Size||430 mm x 360 mm; handles ca. 65 mm|
|Back||The same as the front.|
|How to use||Hand wash only. Do not tumble dry.|