The watercolour painting of The Wedding of St. George (Tate) was produced by Rossetti in 1857. During this period Rossetti’s interests were centred around Malory and Dante, another fine watercolour example being the 1855 depiction of Paolo and Francesca da Rimini (Tate).

James Smetham, a friend of Rossetti’s and also an artist, described The Wedding of St. George as:

one of the greatest things, like a golden dim dream, love credulous all gold; gold armour; a sense of secret enclosure in ‘palace chambers far apart’, but quaint chambers in quaint palaces, where angels creep in through sliding doors and stand behind rows of flowers, drumming on golden bells with wings crimson and green.

Rossetti, The Wedding of St. George (1857, Tate)