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Pen and Ink Drawing - Launcelot at the Shrine of the Holy Grail - Study for the Figures of Guenevere and Launcelot for Sir Launcelot's Vision

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P272
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1857 - 1857

Maker Information

stDant:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


This is one of several preliminary drawings in which Rossetti developed the composition of his mural painting for the Oxford Union. It depicts Sir Launcelot asleep and dreaming of Queen Guenevere. The Pre-Raphaelite artists involved in the Oxford Union scheme used each other as models - a note on the reverse of this sheet, in Charles Fairfax Murray's hand, records that the figure of Launcelot was done from Burne-Jones. It is a rare image of the young and unbearded Burne-Jones, who was then twenty-three,and quite feasible Jane Morris as the model for Guinevere.

Purchased from Charles Fairfax Murray and presented by Subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Brown pen and ink over pencil with touches of red chalk and small splashes of accidental colour, on paper.

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Height:252 mm
Width:320 mm