This image began as one of a series of thirteen stained glass designs illustrating the Story of Tristram and Iseult, as told in Malory's 'Morte d'Arthur', one of Burne-Jones's favourite books. Walter Dunlop of Bradford commissioned the windows for his music room at Harden Grange, near Bingley, Yorkshire. They were made by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company in 1862. The windows are now in the collection of Bradford City Art Gallery. Burne-Jones worked up the preliminary cartoon into this watercolour. There are three studies for the design in Birmingham's collection.

The story depicted is from Malory's Morte d'Arthur. In love with Sir Tristram but promised in marriage to King Mark, Iseult tries to kill herself but is prevented from doing so by King Mark, who grips her arm and forces her to drop the sword.Burne-Jones's watercolours often make heavy use of gum arabic in the dark areas, creating a density and richness more often associated with oil painting than with watercolour.

  • Presented by Sir John Middlemore, 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
98 Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
British Painting
104 Secession Galleries, Vienna 1927 - 1927
Sussex Artists: Past & Present
43 Hove Museum of Art 1951 - 1951
Burne Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
77 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
77 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
77 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
Pre-Raphaelite Women
6 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1985-09-04 - 1986-01-02
6 Stoke on Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
Burne-Jones and His Followers
2 Isetan Museum of Art Japan 1987-02-05 - 1987-02-23
2 Japanese venue - - 1987-06
Bodley, Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites in Scarborough
55 Scarborough Art Gallery 1988-08-20 - 1988-10-01
Visions of Love and Life
59 Seattle Art Museum, US 1995-03-09 - 1996-05-07
59 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
59 Delaware Art Museum 1995-08-11 - 1995-09-15
59 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
59 High Museum of Art, Atlanta 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
59 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
Hidden Burne Jones
ex. cat. Leighton House, London (only) 2007-10-14 - 2008-01-25
The Pre-Raphaelites
142 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 2009-02-26 - 2009-05-24


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review
Malcolm Bell 1892 George Bell & Sons, London p. 30
Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones
Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones 1904 Macmillan, London Vol. I: p.249
Fortunee de Lisle 1904 Methuen, London p. 67
Bill Waters, Martin Harrison 1973 Barrie & Jenkins, London pp. 54-56
The Stained Glass of William Morris & His Circle
A Charles Sewter 1975 Yale University Press, New Haven Vol. II: pp. 26-27
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. 74
The Pre-Raphaelites
2009 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm cat.142, p.214; fig.26

Associated people

Name Type
Sir Thomas Malory Author
Walter Dunlop Commissioned by

Associated places

Name Type
Harden Grange, Bingley, Yorkshire, England Associated with

Associated organisations

Name Type
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co Realised by

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