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Chalk Drawing - The Star of Bethlehem - Study for Balthazar, the King of Nubia

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1916P33
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1887 - 1887

Maker Information

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


As a cross-reference, see W S Taylor's copy of Balthazar from Burne-Jones's watercolour of 'The Star of Bethlehem', squared up for transfer for tapestry design. Taylor drew Balthazar, as well as other heads from the original watercolour, by tracing Burne-Jones's original design, then colouring the design to contrast the king's dark skin with the pale linen hood. It should be noted, however, that Taylor did not trace from Birmingham's version of 'The Star of Bethlehem', but from a second, unfinished version also done in watercolour (with gouache and gold as well) from 1887-1888, now in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber. At the time Taylor would have traced it, the second watercolour was in the possession of the artist's family.

See also Lloyd-Webber's full length study of Balthazar.

Presented by Alderman C F Gaunt, 1916.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Tapestry Black History
Medium:Black chalk, heightened with white and gold medium.

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Height:348 mm
Width:163 mm

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