Gilbert à Beckett's Troth - the Saracen Maiden entering London at Sundown

George John Pinwell, 1872

LL 3984

About this object

This is Pinwell’s most ambitious historical or mythical subject. It portrays the romantic story of a 12th-century crusader, Gilbert à Becket, who is rescued by a Saracen woman. She falls in love with Becket and follows him to England. She is shown trudging towards London with the Thames estuary behind her. Pinwell captures her isolation and vulnerability as she is taunted by urchins and gazed upon with suspicion. Pinwell’s career as a popular watercolourist was cut short by his early death.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    George John Pinwell (British, born:1842-12-26, died:1875-09-08)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Scratching out; Gouache; Gum arabic; Pencil
  • Measurements
    paper: 57.7 cm x 109.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A central female figure wearing a white dress is shown walking along a road. She is being watched by small groups of people at the roadside.
  • Related people
    William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner) ; George John Pinwell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Accession Number: LL 3984; Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 4380
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1922
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1922-06-22
    How acquired: Purchased at Christies (lot 57) by Gooden & Fox for Lever
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: GJPINWELL / 72
    Inscription method: Gouache
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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