This is one of several preliminary drawings in which Rossetti developed the composition of his mural painting for the Oxford Union. It depicts Sir Launcelot asleep and dreaming of Queen Guenevere. The Pre-Raphaelite artists involved in the Oxford Union scheme used each other as models - a note on the reverse of this sheet, in Charles Fairfax Murray's hand, records that the figure of Launcelot was done from Burne-Jones. It is a rare image of the young and unbearded Burne-Jones, who was then twenty-three,and quite feasible Jane Morris as the model for Guinevere.

  • Purchased from Charles Fairfax Murray and presented by Subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
stDant Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
G (Gabriel) / Figure of Sir Launcelot for Oxford / Union. Studied I think from Burne Jones / Note by Wm. M Rossetti. / The figure of Launcelot was in fact done from Burne Jones, ''he used me when he could get no one else'' he told me in reply to my question / C F Murray
Notes reverse centre Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
59 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
157 Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
227c City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
Some Famous Pre-Raphaelites
- Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield 1952 - 1952
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
- Cambridge Arts Council Gallery 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
- Norwich Assembly Rooms - - -
- Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne - - -
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
135 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833-98
368 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
368 Southampton Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
368 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
59 Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery 1976-05-02 - 1976-06-20
William Morris and Kelmscott
4 West Surrey College, Farnham 1981-11 - 1981-12
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
- Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
- Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
May, 1894 The Portfolio p. 47.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p.319.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
1953 Arts Council of Great Britain p. 19
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 93B, p. 5, vol. 2, pl. 119.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1C8.
Christie's sale catalogue, 28 November 2000
2000 Christie's, London pp. 32-33.


William Michael Rossetti; Charles Fairfax Murray; acquired by City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1903.

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