This is an early study for the watercolour dated 1863-69 and in a private collection. The watercolour was Burne-Jones's contribution to the 1869 exhibition of the Old Watercolour Society. The choice of Circe shows Burne-Jones's interest in the idea of the enchantress who is both beautiful and a threat. The Circe Story refers to her pouring the magic potion into a wine jar, to await the arrival of Odysseus and his companions.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


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. 60
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. 94


Charles Fairfax Murray

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