Witch Week Day Four: A Gallery of Arthurian Art

With so many magical and dramatic characters and scenes to explore, the Arthurian legend has long been a rich source of inspiration for artists and illustrators. To complement our literary studies, I thought it would be fun this year to look at some pictures as well. Here are a few images that caught my eye, all drawn from The Camelot Project, a great resource for anyone interested in the subject.


Arthur Rackham – How a Maiden Bare in the Sangreal


H.J. Ford – Excalibur Returns to the Mere


The High Mysterious Call – Willy Pogany


Julia Margaret Cameron – Vivien Enchants Merlin


He gave him such a buffet on the helm – W. Russell Flint


Max Harshberger – Tristan Harping


Aubrey Beardsley – How Four Queens Found Launcelot Sleeping


Edward Burne-Jones – The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon


Gustave Dore – The Enchanter and His Book


William Holman Hunt – The Lady of Shalott

Do you have favorite Arthurian artists or works of art? Please share them in the comments!

16 thoughts on “Witch Week Day Four: A Gallery of Arthurian Art

  1. The Camelot Project is such a great resource, isn’t it? Great bibliographies (including one on modern Arthurian short stories by a one-time correspondent Larry Mendelsberg — http://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/mendelsberg-modern-arthurian-short-stories — see Section C under Pendragon) as well as the comprehensive pictorial galleries.

    Among my favourites are Edward Burne-Jones’ Holy Grail tapestries which have occasional outings at the UK’s Birmingham Art Gallery; last time I visited it even included a rare entry in the series which had been loaned by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


    1. One could spend a lot of time trolling that site, and I also like that they’ve made it so attractive.

      I would love to see the Holy Grail tapestries – must make a note of it in case I ever get to Birmingham. 🙂


  2. All of these are wonderful, and I’ll be checking out the Camelot Project as soon as I have time. One of my favorite Arthurian artists is Frank Godwin, my step-great-grandfather. You can see some a few of them here. Sadly, the link to the page at The Golden Age is broken, because the website is gone, but the three images I posted will give you the idea.)


  3. What an interesting bookish topic this is! I definitely love Arthurian legends, but part of the fun of them is all the different interpretations of it all. This was a fun post.


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