National Geographic : 1949 Apr
( National Geographic Society 450 painting oy ir ,~ win ianuseer, it. A. "Then She Rode Forth, Clothed on with Chastity" Tennyson, waiting for a train in Coventry, shaped into a famous poem "the city's ancient legend" of Lady Godiva's ride naked through the streets to save the folk from cruel taxation. When Sir Edwin Landseer was more than 60 years of age, he turned aside from hunting scenes to do this painting of "Lady Godiva's Prayer." It is used by courtesy of W. H. Bassett-Green, who presented it to the New Art Gallery of Coventry. Although the artist caught the true spirit of the old story, the setting he gave the picture is full of anachronisms. The cathedral spire in the background was not built until several centuries after the heroine's death, and the foot stool is mid-Victorian. In the disapproving but resigned expression of the maid speaks the outraged modesty of English womanhood.