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Oil Painting - Pygmalion and the Image - The Godhead Fires

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1903P25
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1878 - 1878

Maker Information

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


One of a series of four paintings was based on an episode from William Morris' cycle of epic poems, 'The Earthly Paradise'.

The oil paintings in Birmingham's collection, comprise the second series of Pygmalion and the Image. Most scholars agree, based on an excerpt from Georgiana Burne-Jones's 'Memorials', that the head of Pygmalion in Series Two was modelled by W A S Benson in the 1870s. While Antonio Corsi sat as the model for Series One. In Series One, there are four sculptural figures in the background representing the Four Seasons or Horae; in Series Two, there are only three, now the Three Graces. The first series is currently in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber.

Presented by the Trustees of Sir John T Middlemore, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.

Associated People


Height:1437 mm
Width:1168 mm
Depth:130 mm