ARTHURIAN ART

William Morris' Queen Guinevere

Morris' only extant oil painting. He abandoned it (but it was eventually completed by Rossetti and Brown). The painting shows Jane Burden (who the following year married Morris) in the role of Guenevere. She stands before a crumpled bed that alludes to her love affair with Lancelot. It is extremely ironic that there was strong indications of a romance between Rossetti and Jane Morris later in their marriage, almost a parody of the Arthurian love triangle.