OIL PAINTING: Sir Lancelot, 1911
IN BETWEEN working on Natural Magic and Sir Lancelot, Brickdale illustrated a 1905 version of Tennyson's Poems and a 1908 version of Robert Browning's Pippa Passes. This particular illustration, properly titled Sir Lancelot went Ambassador, atjirst, to fetch her, and she took him for the king, was created for the frontispiece of Alfred, Lord Tennyson s The Idylls of the King (1911) published by Hodder and Stoughton. It was painted in watercolour, body colour and in pencil. In total, Brickdale made 21 illustrations for this book.
Brickdale's earliest illustrations were executed simply in pen and ink, it was not until several years into her career that she began to use colours. Her style of art was a continuation of all the ideals found in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, using similar subject matter and paying careful attention to minute details.
In her lifetime, Brickdale came to be respected as one of the foremost book illustrators of the day - a high achievement for a woman in Edwardian England. Her work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Watercolour Society. She was also renowned for her stained glass windows, some of which can still be seen in Bristol Cathedral.