Alfred, Lord Tennyson inspires The Lady of Shalott set at St Katherine's Heritage Centre

By Ben Miller | 18 March 2011
A photo of a woman in a white dress on a boat on a river
A still from the film adaptation of The Lady of Shalott in Lincoln© John Bennett
Exhibition: The Lady of Shalott, St Katherine’s Heritage Centre, Lincoln

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott has often been put to artistic portrayal, from John William Waterhouse’s ghostly vision of a waif in a white dress floating down a river to Agatha Christie mysteries and musical reworkings of the Victorian ballad.

A film dramatisation of the heroine’s world viewed through a mirror – cracked when she yearns for a knight hurtling past her window on horseback – runs through the heart of St Katherine’s, as well as beautiful costumes from the set and interviews with actor Ben Poole and Grace Timmins from the Tennyson Research Centre, which has contributed artefacts once owned by the 19th century poet.

Tennyson was born in nearby Sommersby and lived in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which often influenced his words. The exhibition also includes footage of him reading the poem to a Christmas audience in 1856.

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