Sir Frank Dicksee (Francis Bernard
Dicksee) PRA RI (1853-1928)
Generally known for his elegant portraits,
Dicksee, from a family of painters, exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1876, becoming successively ARA (1881),
RA (1891) and finally President of the Royal Academy in 1924.
Chivalry (1885) shows a knight standing over his fallen opponent, while the partially clad and
bound damosel looks on apprehensively. The femme fatale, a preoccupation of the Pre-Raphaelites, transcends one of the
more successful versions of
La Belle Dame sans Merci (1902), the subject being from Keats. It hangs in the Bristol Art Gallery.
in the Arthurian Artists' Section