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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
EBJ 1878
Initials - Painted - signed and dated by the artist. in the artist's hand
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Grosvenor Gallery Summer Exhibition
169 Grosvenor Gallery, London 1879 - 1879
 
Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition
201 Manchester Institution 1887-05-03 - 1887-11-10
 
Exhibition of the Works of Edward Burne-Jones
49 New Gallery, London 1892 - 1893
 
Edward Burne-Jones, 1833-1898
132 New Gallery, London 1898-07-16 - 1899-01-01
 
Loan Exhibition of Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
284 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 Corporation
49 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
 
Edward Burne-Jones Centenary Exhibition
14c Tate Gallery, London 1933-01-01 - 1933-01-01
 
Edward Burne-Jones
94 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1971 - 1971
 
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
137c Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
137c Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
137c City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
 
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo e Simbolismo
35 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-01-01 - 1987-01-01
 
Visions of Love and Life
107 Seattle Art Museum 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
107 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
107 Delaware Art Museum 1995-01-01 - 1995-01-01
107 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-01-01 - 1996-01-01
107 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
107 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
 
The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Watts: Symbolism in Britain
38(c) Tate Gallery, London 1997-10-16 - 1998-01-04
 
Edward Burne-Jones
87c Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-01 - 1998-09-01
87c Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-09-01 - 1999-01-01
87c Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1999-01-01 - 1999-01-01
 
Exposed: The Victorian Nude
132 Tate Britain 2001-11-01 - 2002-01-27
132 Haus der Kunst, Munich 2002-02-18 - 2002-05-26
132 Brooklyn Museum of Art 2002-09-06 - 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 and 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 Pl. 22
 
Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Russell Ash 1993 Pavilion Books, London Pl. 15
 
Burne-Jones
Christopher Wood 1998 Weidenfeld & Nicolson pp. 46,49,59, 86, 88
 
Edward Burne-Jones
Patrick Bade 2004 Parkstone International p. 50/ pl. 30
 
Edward Burne-Jones
David Peters Corbett 2004 Tate: British Artists Series p.38/ pl. 27

Provenance

Bt from the artist by Frederick Craven; his sale,Christie's 18 May 1895 (62), bt Agnew's; Sir John T Middlemore

Associated people

Name Type
W A S Benson Artist's model

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