This painting by Dicksee is based on the play The Tempest by Shakespeare. In the play, Miranda is the daughter of Prospero, a magician who has been banished to a secluded island.
After twelve years on the island, Ferdinand, the prince of Naples, gets caught in a storm created by Prospero. Ferdinand's ship crashes into the cliffs of the island. Miranda, who happens to be on the beach sees it all. Her heart instantly goes out to the ship and its crew.
Prospero cleverly brings Ferdinand and his crew to safety. With the help of a wood nymph, Ferdinand and Miranda fall in love and get married. To see J.W. Waterhouse's Miranda-The Tempest, click here.