Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Saint George and the Dragon - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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UU038. Saint George and the Dragon

19th century
40 x 30 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  1. Temple Gallery
2. George Walker

George Walker was brought up in a pit village in West Cumberland but from an early age developed a passion for art and was a talented artist. He began a private collection in the 60's part of which was exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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This icon portrays the legend of Saint George who saved Elisaba, the daughter of the pagan king of Selena in Libya. She had been chosen by lot as the ransom demanded by the Dragon who was blocking the town’s water supply. Saint George is dressed in armour and mounted on a white charger. With a steadfast movement he thrusts his spear through the mouth of the Dragon. On the right we see Elisaba standing in the doorway of a medieval tower. After taming the Dragon Elisaba led him peacefully through the city streets.

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