A man in mail and a woman in blue stand on a castle staircase. The woman has her back to the viewer and her face turned from the man as they walk in opposite directions. He is embracing her arm as he descends.

The Meeting on the Turret Stairs Canvas Print

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The medieval Danish ballad Helellil and Hildebrand tells of Hellelil's ill-fated love for her bodyguard Hildebrand, whose death is ordered by her father. Burton depicts the moment of the couple's final meeting, before Hildebrand goes to meet his death. Their averted eyes and tender embrace are poignant yet understated, implying the inevitable tragedy to follow. Burton's interest in the art and legend of the middle ages was shared with the Pre-Raphaelites, whom he was associated with in London.


National Gallery of Ireland Canvas Prints feel like having the real painting on your wall. Printed on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas using ultra chrome HDR pigment inks, our canvas prints come rolled in a protective tube with the painting's information.

In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the canvas should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its harmful UV rays.


Dimensions (including border) : 55 cm x 70 cm

Dimensions of image:36 cm x 56 cm


Original Painting Information

Frederic William Burton, Irish, 1816-1900

Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864

Watercolour and gouache on paper, 95.5 x 60.8 cm

Bequeathed, Margaret McNair Stokes, 1900



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