Miranda 1875


Date: 1875
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 12 x 15 in

The story of Miranda from Shakespeare's play The Tempest inspired an artist to create a painting of the same name. In addition to the plot of the play, Waterhouse also based the painting on British culture and literature. Specifically, the artist was interested in ladies who had undergone revelation. Miranda, who is the only female character in the play, is an example of such a character and the main inspiration for the painting.

The Tempest

John William Waterhouse completed his painting of Miranda in 1916. The painting depicts a scene from William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, and was inspired by the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's style and subject matter. Waterhouse's work also includes references from literature and ancient Greek mythology. The painting was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in London for many years. The Tempest is a well-known play about two men and one woman who were stranded on an island.

Besides Shakespeare's play, Waterhouse also painted several versions of Miranda, including this one, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1916. The painting is a wonderful way to bring this literary classic into your home. It also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and Free Shipping. The painting can be framed in any style, and arrives ready to hang. The painting is considered to be one of Waterhouse's finest works.


In the first act of Miranda, the sea-sick young woman braces against the rising storm while waiting for her ship. In the background, a storm rages, and the ship is sliced by powerful waves. The storm leads the viewer's eye to the threatening rocks and cliffs. In the earlier version of the play, Waterhouse uses a more conventional atmosphere and demonstrates his mastery of the subject.

For this work, the artist took inspiration from British culture and literature. He particularly admired the work of the ladies, especially those who experienced revelation. Shakespeare's Tempest features the only female character, Miranda. Miranda exemplifies the drama and conflict of the play, and Waterhouse based his painting on the character. The painting also features the shipwreck and storm in which Miranda is thrown overboard.