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Pencil Drawing - King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid - Study for Cophetua

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1972P74
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1883 - 1884

Maker Information

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


One of five study drawings in Birmingham's collection for the 1884 oil painting 'King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid' now in the collections of Tate. Birmingham's collection also holds the fully worked up colour cartoon for this subject.

In this presumably early conception of Cophetua's figure, the cloak differs from that finally adopted, as well as the object the king holds. Here, instead of a crown, a hood or piece of folded drapery is substituted.

Purchased, 1972.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:King Cophetua
Medium:Pencil on cream-toned paper.

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Height:272 mm
Width:181 mm