Happy St George’s Day one and all!
St George’s story goes back to the Roman period and although his birth year is much disputed, most agree that his death occurred on this day, 23rd April, in AD303. But it’s the Medieval period when we start to see the saint’s image depicted on objects in our collection. Check out these 14th Century floor tiles found at Temple Church,Fleet street.
St George is a popular feature of medieval pilgrim badges too (such as the one featured at the top of this blog) and if you search for St George on our website, many representations of the saint pop up.
One of my favourites however, is this Victorian theatrical portrait of Mr Ducrow as St George, though I can’t quite decide whether he’s disco dancing or practicing yoga here…