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Sir Perceval

George Frederick Watts
1840 - 1859

This is a painting of Sir Perceval by George Frederick Watts.

Sir Perceval is part of the Arthurian legends. Many stories exist of his birth, but generally it was believed that he was of noble descent. Upon his father’s death his mother brought him into the forest. Here he was raised unaware of the rest of the world. But when he turns fifteen, he sees a group of knights travel through the forest. He is so captivated by their amour and elegant horses that he decides to join the knights. After proving his fighting skills he is invited to join King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, where he starts the search for the holy grail.

Watts was highly successful and important British artist. He is best known for his mysterious and symbolic paintings which hint at life’s great questions of life and death.