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Queen Eleanor

SANDYS, Frederick (1829 - 1904)

Date: 1858

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 40.6 x 30.5 cm

Acquired: 1981; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 185

A disciple of Rossetti, Sandys specialised in half-length figures of beautiful but often destructive women. His meticulous attention to detail is typical of the Pre-Raphaelite school. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (c.1122-1204), the wife of the English King Henry II, was reputed to have murdered his mistress Fair Rosamund and appears here with a poisoned cup and dagger. The red cord in her left hand is that which showed the way through the maze to Rosamund's bower.

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