Happy St Patrick’s Day

 

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we thought we’d share a portrait recently voted Ireland’s favourite painting: Hellelil and Hildebrand – The meeting on the turret stairs (1864) by Frederic William Burton.

This richly coloured watercolour painting depicts the ill-fated lovers Hellelil and Hildebrand, meeting on the stone stairway of a medieval tower. The princess and her bodyguard had fallen in love but her father regarded the young soldier as an unsuitable match for his daughter and ordered his sons to kill him. The painting captures the couple’s poignant final embrace.

Throughout history, the staircase has played an important role in life and art. With our bespoke new flights and staircase renovations, it’s our hope that our stairs can enrich your home home as well.

Learn more about Hellelil and Hildebrand – The meeting on the turret stairs here.

 

the meeting on the turret stairs

The meeting on the turret stairs (1864) by Frederic William Burton