Product Focus: St. George & The Dragon

We proudly have three different representations of St George and the Dragon in our Pocket Square Collection.

The Myth

According to the myth, the region was terrorised by a dragon, which lived in a nearby lake and poisoned the water. In order to prevent the dragon from killing his people, the King offered sacrifices of sheep, as well as some of his own people.

While this kept the dragon happy, the citizens were worried that they would be chosen next to be sacrificed to the dragon. According to the legend, one day the King’s own daughter was chosen to be offered to the dragon.  The people, who had seen many of their family and friends sacrificed, refused the offer of gold and silver from the King, in return for another citizen to take her place. The princess was therefore sent to the dragon, dressed as a bride and wearing her royal crown.

On her way to the lake, she met St George on his horse, who at once told her he would kill the dragon and save her life. The princess refused, but the gallant St George attacked the dragon, slaying him, and saving the princess’ life.

"I love these three designs as pocket squares. The varying depictions of the legend through different centuries are fascinating, and even though the central story is the same, there are different elements highlighted in each artist's work. My favourite one would have to be the Rubens; the colours are just fantastic, and give a range of options in terms of outfit combinations."


Elliott Rampley, Co-Founder


The oldest of the three variations, and painted in the 1550s, Tintoretto's version of the legend chooses to focus on the princess as she flees from the dragon being slayed by St George. While the princess runs from the scene, we can see a heavenly figure in the dramatic cloudscape, looking down to help St George defeat the dragon. The motion and energy of the scene is visible in the swirling clothing, as the princess runs towards the onlooker and the horse charges towards the dragon. 

The work was originally intended for an altarpiece but was only used in a private family chapel. It can now be found in the National Gallery in London, where it has been since 1831.

Tintoretto St George & the dragon


Through the use of contrasts, Rubens effectively portrays the overall good versus evil theme of the legend of St George. George is shown as being physically above the dragon, symbolising good overcoming evil, and this is further compounded by the contrast in light, with the dragon painted in the relative darkness, and St George and the princess in light. The princess in this rendition is the personification of the Catholic Church, with the lamb she holds representing the innocence and purity of the church. 

It was unusual at the time to show a horse frothing at the mouth, as another way to show the passion with which St George fights the dragon. Having taken inspiration from Virgil's Aeneid and Pliny the Elder's works where passion and effort is conveyed by foaming horses, this soon became commonplace among artists who followed in Rubens' footsteps. 

It is widely believed that the painting was originally intended for a church dedicated to St George, however, Rubens kept the artwork until his death in 1640. After his death, Felipe IV of Spain bought the piece and it is still held in Spain, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. 

Rubens St George & The Dragon Prado


Moreau painted St George on his white horse, charging the dragon with a lance. St George is dominating the composition, and his horse is at the centre of the piece. They are the main source of brightness in the painting, the dragon and the mountains around being quite muted. St George, painted in the brightness with a red cape which looks like an angel’s wing, triumphing over the evil represented by darkness.

Unlike in the painting of Tintoretto, the princess is represented in the background, praying, the castle in the far background. Moreau made her seem almost peaceful, accepting of her fate. 

St George and the Dragon by Moreau

What Makes Our Pocket Squares Special?

We believe that 40cm is the minimum size for a high quality pocket square. Any smaller and it will slide down inside your pocket with any movement of your jacket, while it limits the number of folds you can achieve as there is not enough volume to hold it in place. It goes without saying we would never advocate any form of pocket square holder. All our pocket squares are either 42cm x 42cm or 40cm x 40cm.

St George Pocket Square Fold

We use the finest mulberry silk with our silk and wool/silk pocket squares. The quality of the fabric can be seen in the texture and the level of detail and vibrancy of the finished product. All our pocket squares are printed in Macclesfield, England, an area renowned for silk printing for the past 200 years.

St George Pocket Square

We take the utmost care in printing our pocket squares, which results in truly remarkable levels of detail. Faces, objects and colours are sharp and well defined to give a truly stunning finish. We also take exceptional care with the colour bleed, so the print is almost as crisp on the back as it is on the front, allowing for an unlimited number of folds.

St George Pocket Square

The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each square its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.

St George Handrolled Pocket Square