The Kings Quair II

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 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. In this one Prince James sees Lady Jane walking in the Castle garden from the window of the room where he is held captive. Cupid, kneeling in the garden, takes aim at the Prince.
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William Bell Scott (1811 - 1890)
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350 x 465mm
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East Ayrshire Council
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