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Pencil Drawing - Drapery Study of St John - Study for Baptism of Christ

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P546
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1864 - 1865

Maker Information

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


A drapery study for the figure of St John, standing beneath Christ on the Cross, with the Virgin, in the upper panel of the central light of the East Window of St Edmund Hall Chapel, Oxford.

The Crucifixion scene had originally been designed for St Editha's Church, Amington in 1864, but the figures of St John, the Virgin and the angels surrounding the Cross, were specially designed for this window. The same figure of St John also occurs in the fourth light of the East Window of the Church of Jesus, Troutbeck, Westmoreland in 1873.

Verso is a sketch in pencil of a nude figure of Christ and other figures, intended for the cartoon of 'The Baptism of Christ', also in Birmingham's collection.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Biblical Drapery
Medium:Pencil on cream-toned paper 'Whatman' paper, watermarked 1864.

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Height:339 mm
Width:144 mm