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

    Stained and painted glass

  • Museum number:


  • 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.

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. Rosetti 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: St. George and the Princess with the King and Queen at a balcony. Between two trumpeters the head of the dragon on a dish with the sword of St. George. Below, an inscription: "HOW GREAT REJOICING WAS MADE FOR THE WEDDING OF ST. GEORGE AND THE PRINCESS".

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1862 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Stained and painted glass

Marks and inscriptions

Along base of panel 'How great rejoicing was made for the wedding of St. George and the Princess'


Height: 60.1 cm, Width: 69 cm, Depth: 3.2 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel depicting the Legend of St George: How great rejoicing was made for the wedding of St. George and the Princess

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

Laurie Marty de Cambiaire, Drawings & Sketches, (Paris: Marty de Cambiaire, 2015)
Page 136 (with image)

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]


Stained glass


Stained Glass; Christianity


Ceramics Collection

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