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La Belle Yseult
1863

Medium
oil on wood panel
Measurements
35.4 × 27.9 cm
Inscription
inscribed in red paint l.l.: 18 BJB (monogram) 63
Accession Number
p.300.3-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by the Commissioners of Fine Arts for Victoria, 1864
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Gallery location
Not on display
Provenance

Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1864, no. 26; purchased from the artist, by Sir Charles Eastlake, for the NGV, 1864.



Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1864, no. 26; Fine Arts Gallery (Compartment 10), Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866, no. 313; First Loan Exhibition of Works of Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1869, no. 492; The First Collections: The Public Library and the NGV in the 1850s and 1860s, Melbourne University Gallery, Melbourne, 1992, no. 2.

In Celtic, Arthurian and medieval French legend, the Irish princess Yseult (also known as Iseult or Isolde) symbolized great beauty and virtue. Arthurian legends were very much in vogue during the Victorian era, and the romantic tale of Yseult and her great love, Tristan, was a popular subject for artists and poets alike, and was the focus of one of Wagner’s finest and best-loved operas. In this portrait-like study, John Bedford has portrayed Yseult with a fair complexion and wavy hair, the ideal of feminine beauty at the time.

Colourmen

Colourman
WINSOR & NEWTON
Location
Centre reverse of panel
Transcription
PREPARED PANEL/WINSOR & NEWTON,/ARTISTS' COLOURMEN/To Her Majesty/AND TO/HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT,/38, RATHBONE PLACE, LONDON
Medium
Printed paper label
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