Margaret & the Dragon

As the patron saint of pregnancy, Margaret is said to have escaped from a dragon’s stomach by virtue of prayer, suffering nothing more than a ripped skirt.
The pose of this sculpture is closely based on my favourite 16th C statue in the Victoria & Albert Museum  in which, to my mind, alludes to more than just childbirth; the dragon winds his tail seductively around Margaret’s legs, and even as she resists his pull, there is affectionate warmth in the way she turns to hold his gaze.

In my interpretation I simplified the form to emphasise the underlying lines of structure which direct the viewer’s gaze around the sculpture. The pose and outline remain the same.


Dimensions: 575mm H x 235mm W x 145mm D
Material: Caen Limestone