23rd April 2011
Britannia is the ancient Latin name for what's known as the British Isles today. In the 2nd century the Romans personified Britannia as goddess wearing a centurion's helmet.
This is my rendition of her, she's not looking too bad for a gal that's nearly 2000 years old. Sorry that she's dressed so scantily though; truth be told, I'm just not very good at drawing cloth!
Britannia appears on various memorabilia, statues, political cartoons and most notably on the back of the 50p coin - from which she's just been removed after 300 years. That makes me sad!
Today is Saint George's day, England's oft-forgotten national day. England makes up only a single part of Britannia, but I thought I'd draw something a little patriotic.