Ophelia is a very popular topic for artists. Shown above are various images of Ophelia, depicting the story in different ways. For example Arthur Hughes’s work of Ophelia exhibited at the same time as Millais’s at the Royal Academy, shows Ophelia before she slips into the river.
J. W. Waterhouse produced three paintings of Ophelia. His 1889 version, (owned by Sotheby’s New York), shows Ophelia lying in a meadow in an attitude of abandon, dressed in white. One hand is in her hair and another, grasping the flowers. In his second painting of 1894, (Schaeffer Collection, Sydney - see above), Ophelia sits on a branch of a tree, as she fixes poppies and daisies in her hair. In his third work of 1910, (collection of Andrew Lloyd-Webber), Ophelia stands on the edge of a river, steadying herself by a tree, as she stares wildly at the viewer, clutching her dress and a handful of flowers, whilst two viewers watch from a bridge in the background.