This is a study for the celebrated watercolour version of 'Green Summer' (1864), now held in a Private Collection. It shows Burne-Jones responding to his second Italian visit in 1862 by producing a number of what has been described as 'a distinct line in Giorgionesque idylls', and shows Burne-Jones moving away from Rossettian Pre-Raphaelitism towards Aestheticism. The subject here is of a group of girls seated by a river, listening to poetry.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work
50 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-05
50 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
50 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo al Simbolismo
6 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-10-08 - 1986-11-23


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. 54
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. 73


Charles Fairfax Murray

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Jane Morris Artist's model

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