Painters Paintings John William Waterhouse (1849 – 1917): Fair Rosamund, 1916, oil on canvas, 96.5 …
Painters Work John William Waterhouse (1849 – 1917): Truthful Rosamund, 1916, oil on canvas, 96.5 × 72.three cm (38 × 28.5 in), Non-public assortment
Like lots of the early Pre-Raphaelites who got here earlier than him, John William Waterhouse discovered inspiration within the romantic narratives of the Center-Ages. Whereas based mostly loosely on verifiable info, the legend of Rosamund and Queen Eleanor is probably going as a lot of a fairy story as it’s an correct account, however nonetheless its violence and eroticism offered a compelling topic for a lot of Victorian painters.
Rosamund Clifford (earlier than 1150 – c. 1176), usually referred to as “The Truthful Rosamund” or the “Rose of the World”, the topic of many legends and tales, was famed for her magnificence and was a mistress of King Henry II of England.
Rosamond is believed to have been the daughter of Walter de Clifford of the household of Fitz-Ponce. She is alleged to have been Henry’s mistress secretly for a number of years however was brazenly acknowledged by him solely when he imprisoned his spouse, Eleanor of Aquitaine, as a punishment for encouraging her sons within the insurrection of 1173-74. The romantic particulars of the labyrinth at Woodstock, together with the clue that guided King Henry II to Rosamund’s bower, had been the innovations of storywriters of later occasions. There isn’t any proof to help the favored perception that she was the mom of Henry’s pure son William Longsword, Earl of Salisbury.
On this portray we see a completely lined Rosamund kneeling, arms as if in prayer, gazing out of the window awaiting her lover’s method, having deserted work on her tapestry. The work has the texture of sanctified, married love and never adultery. Waterhouse depicted Rosamund sporting a crown, possibly as a sign that it isn’t Rosamund’s place within the King’s affection that Eleanor discovered threatening however her problem as a rival queen. If we glance away from Rosamund we will see the curtain being parted by Eleanor, the wronged spouse, about to enter with murderous intent. Depicting the construct as much as an occasion, normally a deadly encounter, was widespread apply in Victorian artwork. Right here, Waterhouse units the scene, permitting the viewers to think about the implications.