(England 28 Aug 1833 – 17 Jun 1898)
The fight: St George kills the dragon VI
- Other titles:
- The fight: St George killing the dragon VI
- 19th c European art
- Further information
More commonly an excuse for high drama and dynamic design, the legend of St George inspired in Edward Burne-Jones a typically lyrical response. This image presents the viewer with something akin to a dream. The knight is hardy enough, dispatching his beastly (but undernourished) enemy with assurance; yet this St George is a creature of the mind. The blurry 'sfumato' of the forms - Burne-Jones had yet to perfect his brittle manner - and the elegance of the poses encourage reverie, not alarm. Burne-Jones was the least ideological of the Pre-Raphaelites, yet the most enduring, always keeping faith with a moonlit world of bloodless damsels and epicene saints. Henry James called the Burne-Jones type 'pale, sickly and wan'. No progressive, the English artist loathed the impressionists, preferring their symbolist contemporaries, whom he admired and greatly influenced.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
- oil on canvas
- 105.4 x 130.8 cm stretcher; 166.0 x 175.6 x 19.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l., black oil "EB-J / 1864".
- Gift of Arthur Moon KC in memory of his mother, Emma, born in Sydney in 1860, the daughter of John de Villers Lamb 1950
- Accession number
- Arthur Moon, KC, pre 1950, England, Gift of Arthur Moon 1950
Sir Ernest Moon, post 26 Apr 1902, England, Braziers park, Ipsden, Oxon
Christie's London, 26 Apr 1902, London/England, Purchased by Agnew's for Sir Ernest Moon
C. Sidney Goldmann, 1898, In the collection of C. Sidney Goldmann by 1898, with some others of the series.
Myles Birket Foster, 1864-1894, Surrey/England, Series commissioned in 1864 for the dining-room of Foster's house at 'The Hill' at Witley, Surrey. Series sold at Birket Foster's sale 1894 for 2,100 gns.