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Chalk Drawing - Female - Drapery Study of a seated Woman

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P99
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1865

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


This is a preliminary drapery study for the figure on the title page which Burne-Jones designed for Ruskin's book, 'Sesame & Lilies', published in June 1865. The design was never actually used, however it did appear later as the frontispiece of Volume XVIII of the Library Edition of Ruskin's works.

Although the lower half of the drapery is the same as that in the incomplete design, the upper half of the figure was later altered, and the figure holds the orb in her left hand, balancing it on her left knee, while her right arm grasps a sword, raising it above her head. The design is currently in the Ruskin Gallery, Bembridge School.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil over red-brown chalk on cream-toned paper.


Height:226 mm
Width:182 mm