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|Collection:||Fine Art Prints and Drawings|
|Date:||1861 - 1861|
|Artist:||Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones|
Burne-Jones's accounts for early 1862 list two designs for 'Theseus' tiles, of which this is the only one known, but may have been executed as early as 1861. It shows a four five-inch tile format for the narrative scene and a medievel-style interpretation of the subject matter, with Theseus dressed in a tunic of Late Gothic damask or brocade and the Minotaur peering, gargoyle-like, round the labyrinth wall. It derives not from ancient mythology, but from Chaucer's retelling of the Greek story in his 'Legend of Good Women', which explains its medieval character.
|Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.|
|Production Period:||19th century|
|Medium:||Pencil, brown wash, pen and ink on paper.|