This is a drapery study for the watercolour 'Danae', which was destroyed by fire at a framemakers shortly after completion. The watercolour is now only known by this drawing.Burne-Jones wrote in his list works, now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, that '[Charles Augustus] Howell said it was burnt. Therefore it was not - or if it was destroyed, then it was by drowning.' Howell was the sometime friend, dealer and agent for many painters in the Rossetti circle, although he was unscrupulous and under the guise of friendship often misled or even cheated others. Burne-Jones often referred to him as 'that scoundrel Howell', 'that ill-omened and wicked Howell', or 'that demon Howell'.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Centenary Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart (1833-1898)
42 Tate Gallery, London 1933-06-14 - 1933-08-31


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. 69


Charles Fairfax Murray

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