British Art

Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)

'Marianna at the window'

Arthur Hughes was a noted Pre-Raphaelite painter and illustrator working during the nineteenth century. He is known as an artist who produced a series of delicately poetic pictures, which, some would say, hover on the knife edge between sentiment and sentimentality. However, his works are always redeemed by their brilliant use of colour and attention to detail. In this painting from 1865 the subject is taken from Tennyson's poem, Marianna.

'..."She drew the casement curtain by,

and glanced athwart the glooming flats.

She only said, 'The night is dreary,

He cometh not', she said;

She said, I am aweary, aweary,

I would that I were dead!"

 

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