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Pencil and Sepia Drawing - Tile Design - Theseus and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P594
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1861 - 1861

Maker Information

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

Notes

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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil, brown wash, pen and ink on paper.
Material(s):Paper

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Dimensions

Height:261 mm
Width:255 mm

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