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Watercolour - The Story of St George - St George Slaying the Dragon

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1905P204
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1875 - 1890

Maker Information

After a design by:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Artist:Rosa Corder - View biography for Rosa Corder

Notes

This work is part of a set of four drawings attributed to Rosa Corder after stained glass windows by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The head of St George is said to have been modelled on Charles Augustus Howell (1840-90), a controversial figure with the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

Corder was an associate and mistress of Howell from 1873, who is considered by many to have been a forger of Rossetti as well as Fuseli drawings.

In a letter of 22 March 1876, Rossetti writes to Howell: 'You borrowed a set of drawings of St. George and the Dragon to copy - for your own use only. Please return them to Chelsea at once.' (C. L. Cline (ed.), The Owl and the Rossettis: Letters of Charles A. Howell and Dante Gabriel, Christina, and William Michael Rosestti, Pennysylvania University State Press, 1978, letter 461). Rossetti wrote to Theodore Watts-Dunton on 11 February 1878 that 'He [Howell] has of mine five cartoons of St. George...' (Doughty and Wahl (ed.), Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, vol. iv, 1967, letter 1885).

Presented by an anonymous donor through the National Art Collections Fund, 1905.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Mythology
Medium:Watercolour, bodycolour and ink over pencil on paper, laid onto board.
Material(s):Watercolour

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Dimensions

Height:498 mm
Width:626 mm