c1915 Camelot Book Illustration Watercolour Ida Strother Stewart


A beautiful, quite ethereal, watercolour and pastel painting of Camelot from Arthurian Legend by the book illustrator and artist Ida Strother Stewart, formerly known as Ida Lillie Taylor.

The painting shows a river scene with forest on either side. In the background stands a mount with the famous castle on top. The painter has cleverly used white pastel to highlight the fortifications making them emerge from the surrounding blue gloom of the forest and river. The painting is signed at the lower right IDA STROTHER STEWART. The painting has been tastefully mounted, framed and glazed and is in very good condition. Probably one of her finest works.

The Lancelot-Grail cycle and the texts it influenced depict the city of Camelot as standing along a river, downstream from Astolat. It is surrounded by plains and forests, and its magnificent cathedral, St. Stephen's, originally established by Josephus, the son of Joseph of Arimathea, is the religious centre for Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. The castle is ruled by King Arthur and his queen Guinevere, and in it stands the Round Table, created by Merlin and Uther Pendragon. It is from here that the knights perform acts of bravery and chivalry, including the search for the Holy Grail.

Ida Strother Stewart (1890 – 1954) was born Ida Lillie Taylor in Newcastle, England. She worked as an artist and book illustrator, being active in Los Angeles, USA, c1910. She married the English lawyer Robert Strother Stewart in 1913 and returned to England.

Size image: 33.5 x 29 cm (13 ¼ x 11 3/8 inches)
Size frame: 54.5 x 50 x 1.5 cm (21 ¼ x 19 ¾ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 2150 g