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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 Sir John T Middlemore, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Grosvenor Gallery Summer Exhibition
168 Grosvenor Gallery, London 1879-01-01 - 1879-01-01
 
Manchester Royal Jublilee Exhibition
200 Mancheater Institution 1887-05-03 - 1887-10-10
 
Exhibition of the Works of Edward Burne-Jones
48 New Gallery, London 1892 - 1893
 
Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart
128 New Gallery, London 1898-07-16 - 1899-01-01
 
Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
283 Manchester City Art Gallery 1911-09-14 - 1911-11
 
Works by the English Pre-Raphaelite Painters lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Cor[poration
48 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
 
Edward Burne-Jones Centenary Exhibition
14b Tate Gallery, London 1933-06-14 - 1933-08-31
 
Edward Burne-Jones
93 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1971 - 1971
 
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic & Decorative Work...
137b Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
137b Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
137b Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
 
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo all Simbolismo
34 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-01-01 - 1987-01-01
 
Visions of Love and Life
106 Seattle Art Museum 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
106 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
106 Delaware Art Museum 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
106 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-01-01 - 1996-01-01
106 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
106 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
 
The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts
38(b) Tate Gallery, London 1997-10-16 - 1998-01-04
 
Edward Burne-Jones
87b Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-01 - 1998-09-1
87b Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-01-01 - 1999-01-01
87b Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1999-01-01 - 1999-01-01
 
Exposed: The Victorian Nude
131 Tate Britain, London 2001-11-01 - 2002-01-27
131 Haus der Kunst, Munich 2002-02-18 - 2002-05-26
131 Brooklyn Museum of Art 2002-09-06 - 2003-01-05
 
Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion Series: Centenary Exhibition
no cat.no. Laing Art Gallery 2004-10-02 - 2005-01-16
 
Art at the Rockface: The Fascination of Stone
- Norwich Castle Museum 2006-05-22 - 2006-09-03
- Millennium Galleries 2006-09-23 - 2007-01-07
 

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 pp. 52, 58-59
 
Burne-Jones
Otto von Schleinitz 1901 Berlin pp. 71-74
 
Burne-Jones
Fortunee de Lisle 1904 Methuen, London pp. 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. 21
 
Burne-Jones
Christopher Wood 1998 Weidenfeld & Nicolson pp. 46,49,59, 86, 88
 
Edward Burne-Jones
Patrick Bade 2004 Parkstone International p. 49/ pl. 29
 
Edward Burne-Jones
David Peters Corbett 2004 Tate: British Artists Series p. 38/ pl. 26

Provenance

Bought from the artist by Frederick Craven; his sale Christie's 18 May 1895 (62); bought Agnews; presented by Sit John Throgmorton Middlemore, Bart, 1903.

Associated people

Name Type
W A S Benson Artist's model

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