MacNicol was born in Glasgow in 1869 and honed her skills at the Glasgow School of Art. She painted ‘A Girl of the ‘Sixties’ after attending a performance of ‘Trewlawny of the ‘Wells” by Arthur Wing Pinero in 1898. MacNicol was particularly inspired by the costumes which Pinero insisted should perfectly recreate the fashions of the 1860s.
This Maid of Forty Years Ago. Anna Whelan Betts (American, 1875-1952). The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.
Betts was an illustrator and art teacher who was noted for her paintings of Victorian women in romantic settings. Betts is considered one of the primary artists of the golden age of American illustration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Art historian Walt Reed wrote “her work was characterized by its great beauty and sensitivity.”
A curse befell the Lady of Shalott, who glides down the river to Camelot, where she will die. Based on an Arthurian legend, as retold by Tennyson, Robinson’s work is a tour de force made from more than one negative. One reviewer noted that it reflected “the quaint poetic manner of the Pre-Raphaelites.”