Leonora

Julia M. Cameron, 'Leonora', 1847

Leonora by Gottfried Bürger, translated by Julia M. Cameron; with illustrations by D. Maclise, R.A.

London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1847

Available in NGI Library Special Collections: 709.415MAC

Leonora was a popular 18th century German poem translated into English by Julia M. Cameron. The story centres on the heroine Leonora, whose lover William goes missing in action at war, before returning to her as a spirit.  Maclise was influenced by German art, in particular Moritz Retzsch's Outlines to Lenora (1840), and the illustrations from the Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs) (1840), which also incorporate intricate decorated borders. The supernatural story allowed Maclise to indulge in his interest in fantastical images of fairies and spirits.