St. George and the Dragon (B.Pistrucci)

Saint George slaying the dragon is a mythological scene which dates back to Roman times. In 1815, B. Pistrucci exquisitely engraved St. George in neo-classical style for use on the British gold sovereign, a departure from previous heraldic representations . The number of coins minted with this engraving over 200 years is 935 million. St George, a Roman officer martyred for his Christianity, was adopted as the patron of England and is said to have appeared to troops into battle during the Crusades and again at Agincourt. He symbolises divine protection of the English and inspires courage and heroism in the national cause. This image was captured from a 1951 Festival of Britain silver crown coin. It shows the ghostly figure from the past which lives on in the English imagination. The material damage made visible on the figure’s surface reflects the state of the Christian England, no longer the utopia hoped for in the 1800s. (Notes: The image has been printed using dye sublimation on aluminium to achieve a high contrast in good lighting or bright daylight. The print is UV stable, resists moisture, and is wipeable. It has been tray framed in a black frame. Postage has been quoted for London only.)

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