Strange phenomena and Arthurian legend

Clearly I’ve been called to celebrate the work of Yvonne Gilbert, who I’d never heard of until Sunday when I posted one of her illustrations from Richard Adams’ The Iron Wolf. I jest, but rifling through a drawer tonight I came across an envelope stuffed with old postcards, and found this stamp set dated 1985. Thinking they looked a bit familiar, I found the credit for the illustrator… and then there was the link in the story about the Holy Grail brought to England in a ship too. Perfect…

These aren’t quite as striking as the image of Christ on the cross (there’s just a hint of something about the models that places them in the middle of the 1980s) but that doesn’t detract from the landscape or the depth of the fluid, updated Pre-Raphaelite realism. I love the fact that the legend was part of the everyday, throwaway world for a moment too.

Sir Galahad - Yvonne Gilbert

Guinevere and Lancelot - Yvonne Gilbert

Lady of the Lake - Yvonne Gilbert

Arthur and Merlin - Yvonne Gilbert


  1. bookishnature · December 5, 2012

    I love those moments when serendipity seems to lay its little trails of finding. Lovely that these captured moments of legend – and a 1980s mix of eras and imaginings – were in an envelope in the drawer, ready with their own small revelations! You won’t be at all surprised to learn that your post title has set Kate Bush’s wonderful song playing inside my head!

    • whistlesinthewind · December 6, 2012

      Yes, quite a few KB lyrics floating around just now – maybe it’s the time of year!

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