A quick Google Images search of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ shows a large amount of Pre-Raphaelite depictions. Pre-Raphaelites focused on abundant detail and intense colours. They found a rich source of pictorial inspiration in Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” most likely because of the subject matter: a beautiful but unattainable woman tragically dying for love. The theme of the woman destroyed/victimized by love dominated not only Pre-Raphaelite but Victorian paintings and poems for much of the nineteenth century.
I decided to search for other lesser-known depictions of the Lady of Shalott, ones that aren’t necessarily ones we see on the Google Images results. The variances in styles/portrayals show an interesting mix in interpretations. Here are just some that I found and thought to share (note: the first and last two are by female artists):
(Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, The Lady of Shalott, 1853)
(Howard Pyle, The Lady of Shalott, 1881)
(Florence Rutland, 1896)
(Inez Warry, The Lady of Shalott, 1890)