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Bodycolour - Portrait of Georgiana Burne-Jones (1840-1920)

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1956P3
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1863 - 1863

Maker Information

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


This unique portrait in Burne-Jones's oeuvre, was one of his first attempts, if not the first, at formal portraiture. His wife, Georgiana, whom he had recently married, was the sitter, and her appearance belies her age of just twenty-two. The entire composition, including the inscriptions above the sitter, are reminiscent of Renaissance and Northern Renaissance portraiture. While the sitter's pose and costume mirror work of Italian artists, to a certain extent, the portrait seems indebted to the portraitists of the Henrican, Marian and Elizabethan courts, such as: Joos van Cleeve, Hans Eworth, and Nicholas Hilliard.

Presented by Colin MacInnes, 1956.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Georgiana Burne-Jones
Medium:Bodycolour on paper (formerly supported on paper/linen-covered wooden strainer).

Associated People


Height:354 mm
Width:265 mm