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Print - The Wounded Knight
  • The Wounded Knight
    Jones, David C.B.E, born 1895 - died 1974
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The Wounded Knight

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1930 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, David C.B.E, born 1895 - died 1974 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint etching on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 221

David Jones (1895-1974) was an English-born artist and poet of Welsh descent, and much of his work was inspired by medieval legend and influenced by the tragic events of the First World War, in which he fought. This particular image, intended as an illustration to Sir Thomas Malory's late-15th-century English epic romance, Morte d'Arthur, may, however, have a more personal meaning. It shows a lost man and a distant, unattainable woman. Jones had been engaged to Petra Gill, daughter of the sculptor Eric Gill, but she broke off the engagement in 1927, marrying someone else in 1930, the year this print was made. Jones's style is characterised by a linear quality, both in his prints and paintings.

Physical description

Dry-point etching of a seated woman holding a man pierced by an arrow, behind them a landscape of tall rocks, horses, some with riders, on a shoreline, with the sun on the horizon over water


1930 (printed)


Jones, David C.B.E, born 1895 - died 1974 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

David Jones '30
Signature; date; pencil


Height: 20.1 cm plate, Width: 15.7 cm plate, Height: 29.3 cm sheet, Width: 23.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Drypoint and etching by David Jones entitled 'The Wounded Knight', Great Britain, 1930

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from the departmental circulation registration 1948


Paper; Printing ink


Drypoint; Etching

Subjects depicted

Women; Battle; Knights; Landscape; Arrows; Horses; Warfare; Death


Prints; Printmaking techniques; War; Death

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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