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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.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
E. Burne-Jones inv. 1868. pinxit 1878
Inscription Front Painted - by the artist. painted in the artist's hand
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Grosvenor Gallery Summer Exhibition
167 Grosvenor Gallery, London 1879 - 1879
 
Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition
199 Manchester Institution 1887-05-03 - 1887-11-10
 
Exhibition of the Works of Edward Burne-Jones
47 New Gallery, London 1892 - 1893
 
Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart.
126 New Gallery, London 1898-07-16 - 1899-01-01
 
Loan exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
282 City of Manchester Art Gallery 1911-09-14 - 1911-11
 
Works by the English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
47 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
 
Edward Burne-Jones Centenary Exhibition
14a Tate Gallery, London 1933-06-14 - 1933-08-31
 
Edward Burne-Jones
92 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1971 - 1971
 
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic & Decorative Work
137a Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
137a Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
137a Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
 
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo e Simbolismo
33 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-01-01 - 1987-01-01
 
Visions of Love & Life
105 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
105 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
105 Delaware Art Museum 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
105 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-01-01 - 1996-01-01
105 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
105 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
 
The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910
38(a) Tate Gallery, London 1997-10-16 - 1998-01-04
 
Edward Burne-Jones
87a Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-01 - 1998-09-01
87a Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-01-01 - 1999-01-01
87a Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1999-01-01 - 1999-01-01
 
Exposed: The Victorian Nude
130 Tate Britain, London 2001-11-01 - 2002-01-27
130 Haus Der Kunst, Munich 2002-03-01 - 2002-06-02
130 Brooklyn Museum of Art 2002 - 2003-01-05
 
Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion Series: Centenary exhibition
no cat no Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 2004-10-02 - 2005-01-16
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Art Annual Review
Art Annual Reviewer 1894 Art Annual PP 20-21
 
Edward Burne-Jones: A Record & Review
Malcolm Bell 1892 George Bell & Sons, London P. 52, 58-59
 
Burne-Jones
Otto von Schleinitz 1901 Berlin pp. 71-74
 
Burne-Jones
Fortunee de Lisle 1904 Methuen, London P. 118-120
 
Catalogue of Paintings
A E Whitley 1931 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery p. 28
 
Burne-Jones
Bill Waters, Martin Harrison 1973 Barrie & Jenkins, London Pl. 20
 
Burne-Jones
Christopher Wood 1998 Weidenfeld & Nicolson pp. 46,49,59, 86, 88
 
Edward Burne-Jones
Patrick Bade 2004 Parkstone International: Reveries Series p. 46, pl. 28
 
Edward Burne-Jones
David Peters Corbett 2004 Tate: British Artists Series p. 38, pl. 25

Provenance

Bt from the artist by Frederick Craven; his sale, Christie's 18 May 1895 (60), bt Agnew's; Sit John T Middlemore.

Associated people

Name Type
W A S Benson Artist's model

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