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Pencil Drawing, Page from Sketchbook - Sketchbook - Two Studies of draped Medusa for 'The Death of Medusa I'

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1952P4.17
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1875 - 1879

Maker Information

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


These are two preliminary studies of Medusa in 'The Death of Medusa' from the 'Perseus' series. However, it should be noted that these designs of Medusa were abandoned by Burne-Jones in both the finished paintings at Southampton and the Staatsgalerie; in those versions she is seen from behind instead, although the body is essentially in the same pose, with the placement of hands altered. Burne-Jones used the frontal pose of Medusa, based on this sketch, in a preparatory study for 'The Death of Medusa', in a private collection in England.

Presented by Mrs Angela Thirkell, 1952.

Further Information

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


Height:263 mm
Width:177 mm