'O Swallow, Swallow', John Melhuish Strudwick

A woman sits in a red dress by an open window

The Liverpool shipowner George Holt greatly admired Strudwick’s work. This painting was commissioned by Holt. When it was exhibited at the New Gallery in London in 1895, it was shown with lines from Alfred Tennyson’s (1809-1892) poem ‘The Princess, A Medley’ (1847): 

O Swallow, flying from the golden woods,
Fly to her, and pipe and woo her, and make her mine,
And tell her, tell her, that I follow thee.

Strudwick shows a swallow at the window bringing a message of love. The girl, distracted by thoughts of her admirer, holds a golden chain with heart pendants.

Artwork Details

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