'Ophelia' - Sir John Everett Millais.
Now as I have mentioned before I'm no fan of Shakespeare - studying Julius Ceasar for my O' Level English course aged 15/16 put pay to that.
However, having matured somewhat, I have come to the conclusion that the Bard's work was meant to be watched and not read, and so have enjoyed some of his works at the theatre - The Merry Wives Of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, both brilliant, Hamlet, not so much so.
Anyway, a few weeks ago now I was intrigued to read this article about the drowning of Ophelia in the Telegraph
DROWNED GIRL MAY HAVE BEEN THE REAL OPHELIA. Academics now believe Shakespeare's depiction of the death of Ophelia may be based on a real family tragedy that occurred when the playwright was a child.
A study of coroners' reports from the 16th century has unearthed a link between Shakespeare and a girl who drowned in a pond while picking flowers.
Jane Shaxspere was just two when her lifeless body was found floating twenty miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon, home to Shakespeare.
Probably not so claims Sylvia Morris, former head of the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive, in this article by Nick Britten also reporting in the Telegraph (Sorry, I'm unable to provide you with a link.)
The death that lies behind the fate of Ophelia was that of a young lady called Catherine Hamlet who drowned at Tiddington, a village one mile from Stratford, in 1579 when Shakespeare was 15.
"Katherine Hamlet is much more likely to have influenced Shakespeare because he was a young man at the time and she was much more local.
"The circumstances find a strong echo in the description of Ophelia's watery death in Hamlet.
"The Jane Shaxspere link is interesting because of the name, but this was a common name in this area in those days. As always we don't know," said Mrs Morris.