John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was active several decades after the break-up of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which had seen its heyday in the mid 19th century, leading him to be known as "the modern Pre-Raphaelite". Borrowing stylistic influences not only from the earlier Pre-Raphaelites but also from his contemporaries, the Impressionists, his artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.
Many artists painted Shakespeare's Ophelia, the tragic heroine of Hamlet, who became insane after Hamlet killed her father and deserted her. Waterhouse painted three versions, all of which portray her in various stages before her death. In this, his first version of 1889, Ophelia is depicted as a young woman lying in a field with hair and dress disheveled gazing past the viewer; the artist has effectively integrated Ophelia with her landscape, entwining flowers in her hair on her dress and in her hands.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-269: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)