• The Lady of Shalott -

    Black and white chalk on buff laid paper 46.5 by 32.5 cm., 18 ¼ by 12 ¾ in.


    Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, 10th July

    1995, lot 298;

    Private Collection, UK

    ‘The Lady of Shalott’ is a ballad by English Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) and was a source of inspiration for the Pre-Raphaelites who were fascinated with Arthurian subject matter. Harold Speed studied at the Royal Academy between 1891 and 1896, where he was awarded a travel scholarship in 1893. In 1896, he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Speed’s instruction manuals, which combine pragmatic advice with reflection on the meaning of artistic practice, have long been considered valuable resources for artists and editions of ‘The Practice and Science of Drawing’(1913) remain in the public domain today.

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