The famous Pre-Raphaelite artist would produce several versions on this fictional character, both in sketches and completed oil paintings. This particular work was completed on a board and displayed at the Royal Academy in the same year of it's conception. This respected artist had already exhibited his work here on many seperate occassions, with the Pre-Raphaelite style proving popular within the UK at that time.

The key difference between this and his earlier versions of Miranda is that you will find in this piece that the storm is well underway and produces a frightening scene in the very background. Miranda looks on as a ship is sliced in two by the powerful waves that thrust it into the rocks. Her own attire is also swilling around in the wind although she still manages to appear elegant and calm. The earlier version from 1875 is much more subtle and conservative, perhaps reflecting that by the end of his career Waterhouse was very confident in his style and more willing to be bold.

Waterhouse was an artist is frequently revisited previous inspirations, adding a new twist to the composition or style, whilst retaining much of his original creation. The various photographs available online of the original painting vary greatily in colour balance, some darker than others, whilst many having a more orange tint to Miranda's beautiful hair than some others. Viewing the original with your own eyes is really the only way to fully appreciate this painting and be sure of it's true palette of colour. Followers of John William Waterhouse will probably already have a better idea of the colour schemes that he used throughout his career and therefore can work out how the original actually looks in reality.

Miranda - The Tempest in Detail John William Waterhouse