Gawain Staunches the Wound to His Neck - Penfold Press

Gawain Staunches the Wound to His Neck

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Gawain Staunches the Wound to His Neck by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Screen print signed by the artist. Edition size: 75. Image size: 55.5 x 55.5cm, paper size: 70.5 x 69cm

The Green Knight raises his axe to strike Gawain, but the knight shrinks from the blow. The second strike misses. The third nicks the flesh of his neck, and perceiving his salvation Gawain leaps away and demands that the Green Knight honour their bargain: a blow for a blow. The monstrous figure leans on his axe and, in a good-humoured tone, explains that Gawain has been secretly tested and that he has passed with flying colours. His only fault – which earned him the wound to his neck – lay in accepting the girdle from Bertilak’s wife and not revealing the gift to his host. 
James Russell
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