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Yesterday I visited Tate Britain (in Pimlico, London). I went to see the work of the Pre-Raphaelites as a study break but found some Shelley-related artwork I was otherwise unaware of…

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There was the bust of Shelley…

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And I had never before encountered this beautiful painting by JMW Turner, Queen Mab’s Cave. Although ‘Queen Mab’ is an allusion to a Shakespearean character, the Tate curators confirm that it is likely Turner also read P B Shelley’s epic poem Queen Mab (1813).

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-queen-mabs-cave-n00548/text-catalogue-entry

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In 1814 Mary Shelley inscribed in her copy of Queen Mab: ‘I am thine, exclusively thine. I have pledged myself to thee and sacred is the gift’…..

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