The King's Quair I

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 he was 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. This one shows the Prince seated in his room at Windsor Castle in the early morning, writing his poem.
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William Bell Scott (1811 - 1890)
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Penkill Castle
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350 x 465mm
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East Ayrshire Council
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