She proves unfaithful to King Arthur, in her public affair with Sir Lancelot. But he may not have exactly been loyal to her either.
She gets but a single line in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and has been painted only rarely, and then usually in a supporting role.
Her obituary dwelled on grace and charm, dismissing her painting as a leisuretime activity. Here is the last part of her 60 year painting career.
Her time in Florence brought maturity to her work. She then painted a series of major paintings, although you’d be pushed to find any in European collections.
Initially a favourite model, she became an accomplished and original painter in watercolours, whose works were seen across Europe and in the US.
Compared with most other European countries, Impressionism largely passed British painters by.