inspiration file~ st. george and the dragon

starting in 7th grade i ordered time-life’s enchanted world series. instead of starting “witches and wizards” they started me with “the fall of camelot”. 
my knights/arthurian craze had begun!


in my mid teens i discovered trina schart hyman’s beautiful, “st. george and the dragon”. 









taking it’s details from spencer’s “faerie queen” we are plunged into an england not seen since arthur rackham. an england {or eden} where every tree, every root is populated by gnomes, fauns, & beautiful fairies with gossamer wings. 





in the book, only fairies, angels, animals, and children stare out from the pages to make eye contact with the reader. the adults are unaware of their audience.















the great dragon looking like a medieval satan!

















i love how his tail curls through the opposing page! 


there is also another story told in the decorated margins of sailors trying to get home which parallels st george’s journey. 









una comforts st. george.











gorgeous medieval manuscript like details. witches, fairies, mandrake roots!

















an epic battle. there’s also a fair amount of blood for a children’s book.




i love the clouds through these illustrations. they’re like scenery in a mystery play!









lovely angels with crimson wings pray for st. george.















the death of the dragon. again, a bit of blood, but this was 1984 and we were less sensitive about these things. although i’d certainly rather my son was exposed to violence in this manner, with evil being clearly vanquished.









una and st. george. notice the cat looking at you. 


trina used india ink outlines and washes of acrylic. 

















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