Robert Braithwaite Martineau

The Knights Guerdon, 1864 

A Lady with a Gold Chain and Earrings, 1861

Personal Note: Braithwaite Martineau was the master of the gaze, the eyes of his subjects draw you in and his attention to detail keeps you there, he is a lesser known Pre-Raphaelite but this is no reflection of his talent, I was recently looking at the first painting, which is part of the Ashmolean Collection Oxford, and the jewellery is quite exceptional as is the pile on the fabric she is resting on.

The gaze can be seen more clearly in one of my previous posts

The Loom in Waterhouses’ The Lady of Shalott

The Tapestry she weaves in her confinement, illustrated with glimpses of Camelot, becomes her deathbed.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, came from Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead
Came two young lovers lately wed;
I am half sick of shadows,’ said The Lady of Shalott.

pictures are: Page from St. Ives Sketchbook, the c.1916 version & 1888 version of The Lady of Shalott.