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Drawing - Study for Composition - possibly for Tristram and Iseult

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P913
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1858 - 1859

Maker Information

Artist:William Morris - View biography for William Morris


Before embarking on his final career as a designer and writer, Morris completed one oil painting, a portrait of his future wife Jane Burden as 'La Belle Iseult' (Tate Gallery, London), and began another, also on the Arthurian theme of Tristram and Iseult.

As described by Stephen Wildman, the two or three major figures against a background, perhaps including the mast and rigging of a ship, might suggest a treatment of Malory's 'Mort d'Arthur' in which Tristram accompanies Iseult on the voyage to Cornwall, where she is to marry King Mark.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil with brush and brown ink on paper.

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Height:270 mm
Width:301 mm