This head study was used in the two versions of the 'Car of Love' or 'Love's Wayfaring', both of which are unfinished. A charcoal version (c. 1871) in the Falmouth Art Gallery, a compositional study in pencil (c.1898) and the large oil on canvas both in the V & A (begun 1872). In addition to this study, there are three similarly identified female head studies for the 'Car of Love': a head study of Margaret Benson Drummond (1880), another head study of Maria Zambaco with slight variation (1875, see Bonhams Knightsbridge, 'Fine 19th Century European Paintings', 13 June 1996; in 2007 for sale at the Maas Gallery), and a later female head study dated 1895 (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford). There are also two figure studies at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester (D.1960.70 & 71).

  • Presented by an anonymous donor, 1898.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
E.B.J 1875
Signature and date bottom right Incised 1875 Pencil. written in the artist's hand


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Retrospective Exhibition of British Art
22C Royal Museum of Arts, Brussels 1929-11-01 - 1929-12-01
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo al Simbolismo
20 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-10-07 - 1987-01-03


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 103
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 63

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Name Type
Maria Zambaco Artist's model

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