St George and the Dragon window, Gabriel Dante Rossetti, about 1862
In 1861 William Morris founded an interiors company – Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The company produced items such as furniture, textiles and wallpaper, following the hand-made, medieval aesthetic of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
The legend of St George and the Dragon provided the company with its first successful commissions as decorators. The firm's stained glass windows were particularly popular and they soon began producing secular designs for use in the home. This series of six windows shows the legend of St George and was designed around 1862 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti designed many stained-glass panels for the firm, and his compositions were always vigorous and dramatic.