This picture is the second of a series of six designs for stained glass executed between 1861-62 for Morris and Co., to illustrate the story of Saint George. This was the only design to afterwards be made into a watercolour (which was applied in 1868). The Princess Sabra, whom Saint George would later rescue from the dragon, is seen drawing the lot, marked with a death's head, which singles her out to be the dragon's next victim. For other designs in the series see 1904P241 and 1904P245. The picture has an uncertain provenance - it changed hands many times and once went to Australia - but came to the collection from Fairfax Murray.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
[monogram] 1868
Monogram bottom left Painted - Red watercolour


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
46 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
203 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973-01-13 - 1973-03-11


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: an Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life
H C Marillier 1899 George Bell and Sons, London no. 119; p. 81; p. 113.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 368.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 146, p. 86; vol. 2, pl. 213.
The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle
A Charles Sewter vol. 2, 1975 Yale University Press, New Haven and London (for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) p. 103.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2E12.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 204.


?Charles Howell; changed hands many times and went to Australia; Charles Fairfax Murray.

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Alexa (Alice) Wilding Artist's model

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