The Wedding of St George and Princess Sabra  1857

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Saint George after killing the dragon with Princess Sabra, threading a lock of her hair through his helmet, in an act of affection and devotion.
365 x 365 mm
Watercolour on paper
Courtesy of Tate Britain (Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported))



  1. In Oxford, Rossetti saw Jane Burden, later Mrs William Morris, and immediately asked her to pose for him. Sabra's embrace of an armoured figure, enmeshing him with her hair, and St George's distracted gaze hint at Rossetti's dilemma of being involved with Elizabeth Siddall but feeling a strong attraction for Jane.