This is a preliminary drapery study for the figure on the title page which Burne-Jones designed for Ruskin's book, 'Sesame & Lilies', published in June 1865. The design was never actually used, however it did appear later as the frontispiece of Volume XVIII of the Library Edition of Ruskin's works. Although the lower half of the drapery is the same as that in the incomplete design, the upper half of the figure was later altered, and the figure holds the orb in her left hand, balancing it on her left knee, while her right arm grasps a sword, raising it above her head. The design is currently in the Ruskin Gallery, Bembridge School.

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


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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. 111
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. 71


Charles Fairfax Murray

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