Free UK delivery on orders over £30

Arthur Joseph Gaskin: The Wild Swans (The Twelve Brothers Turned Into Swans)

Now £27.80

• Artist: Arthur Joseph Gaskin
• Artwork: The Wild Swans (The Twelve Brothers Turned Into Swans)
• Date of Work: 1928

International delivery to 182 countries

Free UK delivery on orders over £30

Get 10% off purchases when you become a member

Description
The story tells of a king and queen who have 12 sons. The king is determined that the crown must pass to a daughter and if the queen gives birth to a girl he will have his sons executed. To protect them, the queen sends them to live deep in the forest where they find an old enchanted cottage. A daughter is born and is raised as a solitary child in the court. One day she finds 12 shirts in the palace laundry and asks her mother who they belong to. The queen confesses and tells her about her brothers and the threat to their lives. The princess, now aged 10, sets off to find them in the forest. She eventually discovers their cottage and goes in. Although the brothers had sworn to kill her if they ever met her, they are so touched by her kindness that they relent and ask her to join them in hiding. They all live happliy together until one day the princess unwittingly picks twelve magic lilies growing in the cottage garden. Her 12 brothers are immediately turned into swans and fly away. A witch appears and tells her that they cannot be changed back to human form unless she (the princess) remains silent for 7 years and knits 12 magic shirts for them made of nettles. She vows to do so and lives up a tree in a distant forest to avoid any temptation to speak. However, a young king out hunting with his courtiers sees her in the tree and is captivated by her beauty. They marry though she remains dumb and he does not know she is of noble birth. Her mother in law, who thinks her son has married beneath him conspires to accuse her of all kinds of crimes. Unable to speak up in her own defence she is soon condemned to burn at the stake. It is 7 years to the day when she is led to the stake and just as the fire is lit she sees twelve swans flying in formation above. They swoop down and scatter the burning twigs and free her from her bonds. She places a nettle shirt over each of them and she is joyfully reunited with her 12 brothers. At last she can speak and tells her husband who she is and of the wrongs done to her. The evil mother in law is boiled in oil and everyone lives happliy ever after. This painting illustrates the moment the princess is rescued!
Shipping & Returns

Where possible, all our deliveries are fulfilled by Royal Mail. The shipping cost for standard UK orders is £3.95.

For all international deliveries the rates are calculated at the checkout. Please note that we're currently unable to ship to the EU.

Please allow 7 to 10 working days for delivery. If you're ordering jewellery delivery is approximately 2 weeks. Please note that at the moment delivery times are slightly longer than usual due to COVID-19.

For Art Prints please allow 5 working days for unframed prints and 15 working days for framed prints/ stretched canvas. Please note that as Art Prints are made to order we cannot accept returns if you have changed your mind or made a mistake. If we have made a mistake or there is a problem with your order please contact us.

If for any reason you need to return goods please let us know within 100 working days why you wish to return the item(s) by emailing us. We will then be in touch to make suitable arrangements.

See full shipping information here

You might also like...

As featured in...

Your Basket

There are no items in your cart

Recommended for you...

Sarehole Mill Bakes & Cakes

£9.99

Benny's Babbies Poster

£15.00

Birmingham Museums Face Masks - pack of 2

£15.00

The Staffordshire Hoard Book

£5.00
  • Sustainable

Birmingham Bag

£14.99
  • Sustainable

Walk Birmingham

£9.99
  • Sustainable

The Brum Cup

£10.00

Birmingham Map Magnet

£3.99

Staffordshire Hoard Mead

£15.00 Now £11.00

Lily Of The Valley Soap

£5.99

Your Wishlist

You must have an account and be signed in to access your wishlist.

Don't worry, you can continue shopping without creating an account but you won't be able to save items to your wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

You must have an account and be signed in to save items to your wishlist.

Don't worry, you can continue shopping without creating an account but you won't be able to save items to your wishlist.