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Pencil Drawing - Pygmalion and the Image - Study for Pygmalion and Galatea at the Altar of Hymen

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P630
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1867 - 1867

Maker Information

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


This study is also known as 'The Altar of Hymen', in Morris's verse from 'The Earthly Paradise' this scene is not recounted explicitly, but rather hinted at through Galatea's own words. It shows the marriage of Pygmalion and Galatea.

The composition is identical to a later gouache painting executed by Burne-Jones in 1874, bearing that name. The present location of the painting is unknown, although Bill Waters and Martin Harrison state in their 1973 book on Burne-Jones, that the painting was a wedding present for William Graham's daughter Amy. Her married monogram, 'AM' (for Amy Muir-Mackenzie) is inscribed on the bottom left of the flaming altar itself.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on tracing paper.

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Height:121 mm
Width:88 mm