La Belle Dame Sans Merci, undated
City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery,
Bristol, England
This is arguably Dicksee's most famous painting. It is based on a poem by Keats by the same name. There are several paintings that illustrate the poem but this one is the most accurate. A fairy sits on a knights horse. She is in control of the massive horse and the knight. She leans down to sing him a fairy song as petals fall from her hair. The knight has one arm thrown back to catch his balance and the other hand holds the harness of the horse, more for his own guidance than the horse's. He is so enchanted by the fairy and her song that he does not even glance ahead to watch where he is walking. To read the poem and see more images of The Beautiful Woman with no Mercy click here.