This study is related to a similar scene called 'The Muses on Mount Helicon', also dating from 1871 (now in the Fitzwilliam Museum), and reproduced in 'The Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones', Volume II, p.24 (first edition only). In this book, Georgiana Burne-Jones describes how this beautifully vague scene referring to the home of the Muses on Mount Helicon was suggested to Burne-Jones in a dream. The case is probably the same with 'Parnassus', another mountain, where the Muses met with the God Apollo, to inspire the arts in humankind.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Signature bottom right Handwritten - Gold paint. written in the artist's hand


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart.
134 Burlington Fine Arts Club, London 1899 - 1899
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo al Simbolismo
62 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-10-07 - 1987-01-03


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings
A E Whitley 1930 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery p. 29
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. 77

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Georgiana Burne-Jones Author

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