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David Jones, 1895–1974
Sir Gareth and Lady Lionesse
ca. 1940
Materials & Techniques:
Graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 24 1/4 x 19 inches (61.6 x 48.3 cm)

Inscribed on back in graphite upper left: "140"; in graphite upper right: "< . . . > | p. 43"; in graphite lower center: "Malory Bk, VII, cp. 22 (214) began in c. 1940 | Gareth& Liones"; in graphite center right: "236"; in graphite lower right: "< . . . > | 16"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
© Trustees of the David Jones Estate
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | axe | bed | candles | cross (object) | dog (animal) | drapes | fire | flowers (plants) | hands | knight (landholder) | literary theme | moon | nudes | religious and mythological subject | rosaries | stars | swords | women
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IIIF Manifest:

David Jones began a series of large Arthurian drawings illustrating Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur during the early 1940s when the world was mired in war. In this example the unmarried lovers Sir Gareth and Lady Lyonesse indulge in an amorous tryst, but are disturbed by a group of armed knights sent by Lady Lyonesse’s sister. Sir Gareth leaps from the bed, sword in hand, but is wounded in the struggle with his assailants. Jones thought this subject from Mallory about sexual continence and punishment was ‘of great psychological interest’ and the composition introduces elements that repeatedly contrast pain and pleasure: naked flesh with naked steel, soft fabrics and hard armor, flaming brands and roaring fires.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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