Princess Melilot
© Dumfries and Galloway Council and The National Trust For Scotland

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Princess Melilot about 1916 - 1917
  • Scottish Art
Princess Melilot is a character from the story ‘The Bound Princess’ in Laurence Hausman’s book ‘The Field of Clover’ (Melilot is also a plant, known as ‘sweet clover’). In Hausman’s story, a spell is cast over the princess by her step-sisters, who are jealous of her beauty and charm. She is first turned into a rose-tree and then turned back into herself but is rooted to the ground in an enchanted sleep, unable to move or speak. The hero of the story carries out tasks to break the spell, and on waking, the Princess marries him. King was much in demand as a book illustrator. Her delicately detailed drawings which use the curves and natural imagery of Art nouveau were ideal to illustrate fantastical stories.

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Art nouveau

Decorative art style popular in Europe and North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterised by flowing lines based on plant forms.

Art nouveau


  • Acc. No. GMA 720
  • Medium Pen and ink on vellum laid on board
  • Size 32.40 x 21.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr Kenneth Sanderson 1943