Merlin Guides the Building of Stonehenge

Merlin Guides the Building of Stonehenge

Amy Jeffs


Amy Jeffs’ work is inspired by the medieval manuscript she researched for her PhD. The linocuts displayed here were made in the belief that Britain’s current identity crisis is as much a confusion of apocrypha as it is of facts.

The whole series consists of seven episodes from the original Latin version of the myth, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, written in 1136 for the Norman elite of England. They explore the fantasy of Britishness.

Merlin Guides the Building of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is brought over from Ireland and erected as a memorial to massacred Britons.

The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. VIII. 13

“Aurelius ordered Merlin to erect round the burial-place the stones which he had brought from Ireland. Merlin obeyed the King’s orders and put the stones up in a circle around the sepulchre, in exactly the same way as they had been arranged on Mount Killaraus in Ireland, thus proving that his artistry was worth more than any brute strength.”

Linocut print on 200gm paper

H 15 x W 21 cm

H 32 x W 44 cm (framed)

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