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Panel
  • Panel
    Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, born 1828 - died 1882
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Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, born 1828 - died 1882 (designer)
    Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear, flashed and coloured glass, painted with brown enamel and yellow stain

  • Museum number:

    C.316-1927

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Edwin and Susan Davies Gallery, case WN

Object Type
The firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. was founded in 1861 and dedicated much energy to making stained glass for secular use. This panel, the second of six relating the legend of St George and the Dragon, depicts 'How ... word came to the King of Egypt touching a Dragon that ate much folk...'. The series was believed to have been made to decorate windows at Harden Hall in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Morris & Co. soon built up an extensive repertoire of designs which could be reproduced or adapted for new commissions. At least one other version of the series is know to survive in a house in Cragside, Northumberland.

People
This series was designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Following his preoccupations with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he came into contact with William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in 1856. They shared an enthusiasm for the legendary past and expressed it in narrative cycles such as this. Rossetti produced considerably fewer cartoons for stained-glass windows than others in the group, and his interest in the medium died out after a few years.

Subjects Depicted
The choice of a saintly history for a domestic glazing scheme was not unusual in the work of Morris & Co. Such leanings towards religious subject-matter were perhaps an inevitable consequence of the group's ambition to emulate the style of Medieval stained glass.

Physical description

Panel. St. George and the Dragon: The king and queen seated. Before them a man with a basket of skulls and another holding up a picture of the dragon. Other men crowding forward. At the top a band of foliate-starred quarries. Below, and inscription: "HOW WORD CAME TO THE KIND OF EGYPT TOUCHING A CERTAIN DRAGON THAT ATE MUCH FOLK AND MUST NEEDS BE FED WITH A NOBLE DAMSEL TO STAY HIS MAW"

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1862 (made)

Artist/maker

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, born 1828 - died 1882 (designer)
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Clear, flashed and coloured glass, painted with brown enamel and yellow stain

Marks and inscriptions

Along base of panel 'How word came to the King of Egypt touching a certain dragon that ate much folk and needs be fed with a noble damsel to stay his maw'

Dimensions

Height: 82.5 cm, Width: 60.8 cm, Depth: 3.2 cm

Object history note

Designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (born in London, 1828, died in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, 1882); Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., London

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel depicting the Legend of St George: How word came to the King of Egypt touching a certain dragon that ate much folk and must needs be fed with a noble damsel to stay his maw

Labels and date

British Galleries:
STAINED GLASS PANELS: The legend of St. George and the Dragon

Churches provided Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. with their first successful commissions as decorators. The firm's stained glass windows were particularly popular and they soon began producing secular designs for use in the home. This series of six windows shows the legend of St George. Rossetti designed many stained-glass panels for the firm. His compositions were always vigorous and dramatic. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Stained glass

Categories

Stained Glass; Christianity

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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