'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.

Painting not on display

This painting is not on display as it will be part of a touring exhibition in Japan until July 2016.


Artwork Details

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