The Giant and the Cobbler
From the Shropshire folktale of the creation of The Wrekin, a prominent hill near Wellington – a Welsh giant about to dam the River Severn to punish the people of Shrewsbury is tricked by a clever cobbler.
Dez Quarréll (b.1955)
Acrylic on canvas
H 61 x W 50.8 cm
This is an allegorical painting of a story from the early medieval Welsh collection of stories and myths, 'The Mabinogion'. Blodeuwedd was the woman created of flowers, who was eventually punished for her transgressions by being changed into an owl.
Jeremy Roberts (active 1970s)
Acrylic on board
H 30.3 x W 30.5 cm
Carmarthenshire Museums Service Collection
New Mercat Cross
Pillar topped with a bronze unicorn, with four bronze falcons in flight around the pillar – the lowest catching its prey. Circular bronze sundials are inset on each face of the lower part of the pillar. An accompanying plaque (with text in English and Gaelic) provides details of a website and an augmented reality app. to discover more about the legends of falcons and unicorns.
Gerald Laing (1936–2011) and Black Isle Bronze
Clarsach stone & bronze
H 1128 cm
Merlin and Arthur / Myrddin ac Arthur
This bronze, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1902, is John's only work on an Arthurian theme. According to medieval legend, the future King Arthur was committed to Merlin the magician's care.
William Goscombe John (1860–1952)
Bronze & wood
H 61 x W 25 x D 25 cm
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
The Story of Ruth Pierce
Ruth Pierce on 25th January 1753, together with two other women, agreed to buy a sack of corn in the market and for each to pay her share. One of the women who collected the quotas found a deficiency and on asking Ruth to make up the amount was told she had paid her full share and that she ‘wished she might drop dead if she had not’. She rashly repeated this awful wish, when, to the consternation of the persons standing by, she instantly fell down and expired, having the money concealed in her hand.
W. R. Newman (active 1955–1959)
H 48.5 x W 78 x D 5 cm
Devizes Town Council
Robert the Bruce Receiving the Wallace Sword before the Battle of Bannockburn from the Spirit of Scotland in the Guise of the Lady of the Lake with Stirling Castle in the Background
Stewart Carmichael (1867–1950)
Oil on canvas
H 127 x W 96.5 cm
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum