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

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P631
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 outline figures of Pygmalion and Galatea are identical in composition to those in 1927P630, but those of Venus and Cupid are only loosely suggested, and have been somewhat altered in the final design. The background is also omitted in this study.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

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

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Height:119 mm
Width:87 mm