'O Swallow, Swallow', John Melhuish Strudwick

A woman sits in a red dress by an open window

This painting was inspired by lines from Tennyson’s ‘The Princess’ about a swallow flying south with a message from the poet to his beloved. She sits in a richly painted, intricately decorated interior awaiting the message from the bird, which is seen through the open window. Strudwick was a follower of Burne-Jones| but his work is more intimate and packed with detail. This is the second of the paintings commissioned by George Holt from Strudwick for Sudley.

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date: 1894
Accession No: WAG 305