Queen Guenever as a nun

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Title

Queen Guenever as a nun

Subject

Abbess, Almesbury, art, Arthur, Arthurian, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), convent, death, Guenever, Guinevere, illustration, J.M. Dent & Sons, Le Morte d’Arthur, nun, nunnery, penance, queen, SA, South Australia, Thomas Malory

Description

This work was gifted to the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1960 by Mrs R.A. Haste. It is a line-block reproduction on paper depicting a scene from Thomas Malory’s fifteenth-century canonical Arthurian text Le Morte d’Arthur. Upon hearing of Arthur’s death in the final book, his queen Guinevere goes with five ladies to a nunnery at Almesbury. Here she leads a virtuous and penitential life of fasting and prayers, dressed in white and black, until her own death years later. The work was created by Aubrey Beardsley for a nineteenth-century illustrated edition of Le Morte d’Arthur, which was issued in 12 parts between 1893 and 1984 by London publisher J.M. Dent & Sons.

Creator

Beardsley, Aubrey

Source

Art Gallery of South Australia

Date

c. 1893

Rights

Art Gallery of South Australia

Format

line-block reproduction on paper, 20.8 x 16.0 cm;
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Language

English

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Citation

“Queen Guenever as a nun,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed June 27, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/803.