John William Waterhouse painted this mermaid for the 1901 Summer Exhibition at the Royal
Academy, where the original still hangs.
A Mermaid: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).
Dolce far niente (1904)
Dolce far niente: John William Godward (1861-1922).
La Belle Dame Sans Merci (1883)
From a poem by Keats:
I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful-a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragant zone,
She look'd at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.
I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bed, and sing
A faery's song.
She found me foots or relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna dew,
And sure in language strange she said-
"I love thee true!"
La Belle Dame Sans Merci: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).
The Siren: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).
Miranda, TheTempest: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).