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William Bell Scott

The Kings Quair VII

Period:
19th Century
Description:

At Alice Boyd's request, William Bell Scott did a series of murals for the spiral staircase at Penkill Castle. This is a sketch for the first of the 7 paintings. 

 

The subject of the series is the poem "The King's Quair" written by King James I in 1420 whilst in captivity at Windsor Castle. The poem tells the story of how the King, during his incarceration at Windsor, saw and fell in love with Lady Jane, whom he later married.

 

Each painting depicts a different scene from the story. Here the Prince awakes from his dream to receive the dove through his window. Despite his captivity, he is thankful for his good fotune now love has come.

Materials/Media:
Watercolour
Dimensions:
350 x 465mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
KIMMG:PKU27
Digital Number:
EAFA001g
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council