Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, and Florence Harrison. Guinevere and Other Poems. London: Blackie & Son, Ltd., 1912.
Florence Harrison (1877-1955) was an English Australian Pre-Raphaelite illustrator. Published in 1912 by Blackie and Son, Ltd., Tennyson’s Guinevere and Other Poems features twenty-four colored plates and many other black and white drawings by Harrison. Her version of the Lady of Shalott showcases the character’s psychological depth as she gazes out the window toward Lancelot with a dreamy expression. The Lady turns away from her work with the strings of her loom wrapped around her hand, both tying her to the enclosure and alluding to escape as her tapestry unravels and she gazes upon Lancelot. The two doves between them symbolize the love and desire that the Lady of Shalott feels both for Lancelot and for the outside world. The scene’s fairytale-like quality is punctuated by the audience’s awareness of the reality that awaits the maiden.