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Pencil Drawing - Pygmalion and the Image - Study for Pygmalion in his Workshop

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P612
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1867 - 1867

Maker Information

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


A traced design for a series of four paintings based on an episode from William Morris' cycle of epic poems, 'The Earthly Paradise'. The first series is currently in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber, the second series are in Birmingham's collection.

Several things differ in this preliminary drawing from its counterparts in oil. The sculptural group behind Pygmalion to the right: this drawing depicts three nude men and one draped woman. In the 'Heart Desires' in both oil versions, this sculptural grouping are all nude women (although in series one, there are four women; in Birmingham's version, only three). In the left background, there are only two women walking past Pygmalion's studio in the oil versions, and no figure on the steps. Overall, this preliminary drawing is clearly the compositional basis for the later oil versions of the same subject.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

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

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Height:118 mm
Width:89 mm