|The Death of Arthur, 1823, James Archer
|The Death of Arthur, 1862, John Garrick. The tale was so
familiar there was no need to mention he was a king.
|The art of Arthur is almost as old as the story of Arthur, the earliest work dating back to about 1300.
|King Arthur, 1874,
Julia Margaret Cameron,
used photos to illustrate
|Gustave Doré's Camelot
for Alfred Tennyson's
Idylls of the King, 1868
final foe, H. J. Ford
Interestingly, Sir Yvain is the only figure in the legendary story of Arthur who actually lived. It is difficult to narrow down all legendary figures. However, Yvain is unique among the Knights of the Round Table in that he is based on a historical figure. He is recorded as some variation of Owain mab Urien, of the kingdom of Rheged. There is little doubt as to the historicity of this man. As for the other Knights of the Round Table, literary scholars can't even agree as to their exact number much less their names. Listing range from twelve to as high as 150. The most commonly mentioned are: King Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, Geraint, Percival, Bors the Younger, Lamorak, Kay, Gareth, Bedivere, Gaheris, Tristan, and Galahad. If some are unfamiliar, that's because some were more colorful than others.
|Quite likely, no one was more responsible for the resurgence of the popularity of King Arthur than England's Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the late 1800s.
|Pyle's work had a deliberately medieval look in keeping
with the time frame of the story.
|Although to our eyes, Wyeth's illustration appear dated and heavy-handed, to boys growing up in the early 20th-century, their vivid color and dramatic action pictures were often seen as more important than the plot.
|A 20th-century Arthur and Guinevere.