The subject is taken from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem "The Lady of Shalott" of 1832; that, in turn, is based on the Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat.
Signature: Signed (at lower right): Maurice Sterne; dated and inscribed (on the back, in the artist's hand?): Exhibited at Black + White Club 1899 / Country [?] [illeg.] [illeg.] 1901 / LADY OF SHALLOTT [sic]
Ex coll: Mrs Edward Patterson; Davis Galleries, New York, 1972; to private collection, from 1972 until 2017