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Evelyn De Morgan often used literary sources to inspire her artworks. Which book featuring mermaids might have inspired her painting <image 1>?

(A) The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (1863)

(B) The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (1836)

(C) Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873)

(D) Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)

Answer with the option's letter from the given choices directly. No punctuation.


Expected Answer: B

Difficulty: Easy

Subfield: Drawing and Painting

Explanation: In the original story, the Little Mermaid is given legs by the sea witch in exchange for her voice, so she can meet the human prince. He rejects her, so her sisters sell their hair for a dagger for her to avenge her love. Distraught, she kills herself. Her soul, neither mortal nor immortal, is trapped in limbo for 300 years. De Morgan was interested in the spiritualist undertones of the novel. Image: The Sea Maidens, 1885-1886, Evelyn De Morgan. Credit: De Morgan Collection.


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February 14, 2024