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Tapestry Design - Quest for the Holy Grail - Study for the Summons

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1994P22
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1891 - 1894

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Assistant:Thomas Matthews Rooke - View biography for Thomas Matthews Rooke


This study is among the very earliest drawings by Burne-Jones for the 'Holy Grail Tapestries'.

In an interview published in the 'Studio' in July 1894, William Morris said that: 'The original studies [were] not above 15 inches high. The figures are grouped and drawn from carefully prepared studies: for the rest there is but little minuteness of detail and they are only slightly tinted.' This description matches the drawing.

The strong cartoon-like outline drawing in this piece may suggest at least the partial contribution of Burne-Jones's studio assistant Thomas Matthew Rooke (1842-1942).

Purchased with the assistance of the MGC/VandA Purchase Grant Fund, 1994.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Watercolour and bodycolour on buff paper.

Associated Organisations


Height:654 mm
Width:1211 mm