Morgan le Fay, Christian Waller
  • Artist
    Christian Waller
  • Born
    1895
  • Died
    1956
  • Title
    Morgan le Fay
  • Date of Production
    1920
  • Medium
    watercolour
  • Dimensions
    image: 333 x 214 mm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of the Gallery Women’s Association, 1993

Christian Waller

Morgan le Fay

Introduced to linocuts and the romance of the Arthurian legends by Napier Waller, Christian Yandell only made prints for a period of about 10 years after which she devoted her time to stained glass.

Presented as Arthur's half sister in Malory's Morte d'Arthur, Morgan le Fay has a dual role as an adversary and a healer.  It was Morgan le Fay who gave the Excalibur to her lover Accolon to use against Arthur and when her plot failed, stole the scabbard and threw it into the lake.  Yet Morgan le Fay is also presented as one of the women who, having learned the art of healing, used their skills to tend the wounded king.

First produced as a watercolour in 1910 and later as a linocut, this could well be a self portrait with Christian as Morgan le Fay, a woman of power who tended the wounded king - or in this case Napier Waller who lost an arm during World War I.