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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 the damsels of the court cast lots who should be the Dragon's meat and how the lot fell to the King's daughter'. 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.

These panels were designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Like William Morris, Rossetti had a romantic enthusiasm for the legendary past, a passion he expressed vividly 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.

Materials & Making
Morris & Co. lacked the technical expertise to make the glass for their designs, but bought it from the London glassmakers James Powell & Sons. A wide range of high quality 'pot metal' (coloured glass) is used in this panel. The olive greens and rich, dark reds, juxtaposed with dazzling areas of gold and white, are characteristic of the innovative palette used throughout the series.

Physical description

Panel. St. George and the Dragon. The Princess in a carriage drawn by a horse. A soldier on the horse and a foot-soldier carrying a pike. People and horses. Inscribed below: "HOW THE WOFUL PRINCESS WAS BORNE TO BE EATEN OF THE DRAGON".

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 the woful Princess was borne to be eaten of the dragon'


Height: 60 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 the woful princess was borne to be eaten of the dragon

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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