Una and the Lion by William Bell Scott magnet

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8 x 5.5 cm

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Fridge magnet featuring artwork, Una and the Lion by William Bell Scott, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Scott’s painting was inspired by Edmund Spenser’s 16th-century poem The Faerie Queen. In the poem, Una is the beautiful young daughter of a king and queen who have been imprisoned by a ferocious dragon. Una undertakes a quest to free her parents, but on her journey, she encounters a fierce lion. The lion is so captivated by Una’s innocence and beauty that he abandons his plan to eat her, and vows instead to become her protector and companion.

William Bell Scott (12 September 1811 – 22 November 1890) is a Scottish artist that created highly detailed and beautifully coloured paintings. The themes of his paintings were mostly historical or religious and reflected the ideas and concerns he shared with his Pre-Raphaelite peers. Scott trained at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh and worked with his father, as an engraver, before launching his career as a painter.