ARTHURIAN ART

FORTESQUE-BRICKDALE's Elaine Sewing a Cover for Lancelot's Shield

This picture illustrates the lines from Tennyson's "Elaine" idyll, later the "Lancelot and Elaine" idyll:

Then fearing rust or soilure fashioned for it
A case of silk, and braided thereupon
All the devices blazoned on the shield
In their own tinct, and added, of her wit,
A border fantasy of branch and flower,
And yellow-throated nestling in the nest.