Sotheby's, New York, 29 October 1981, lot 337, where purchased by Seymour Stein
The present watercolour may have been made in connection with the twenty-one illustrations that Brickdale made for an edition of Alfred Tennyson's The Idylls of the King published in 1911 and exhibited at the Leicester Galleries. The Coming of Arthur does not appear in the published volume. Among the watercolours that were printed, the following are known Lancelot and Elaine: Farewell, fair Lily (Christie's, London, 17 June 2017, lot 55) and Lancelot and Elaine - Then to her Tower she Climbed and Took the Shield, Thus Kept it and so Lived in Fantasy (sold in these rooms, 30 October 1997, lot 110). Four were recently exhibited in the exhibition A Pre-Raphaelite Journey - The Art of Eleanor Fortesque-Brickdale, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
This watercolour is in excellent original condition. The paper is flat and there are no signs of foxing, staining or cockling.
The watercolour is contained the original moulded composite gilt frame and under glass. Many of Brickdale's pictures are contained in frame's of this same design. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."