One of a number of studies in Birmingham's collection related to an unrealised composition called 'The Fates', which Burne-Jones worked on in 1865. 'The Fates' (also called 'The Lovers'), depicts the three Fates themselves, seated, looking down upon a male and female couple.These studies show a slightly different and more complicated conception of the unrealised composition of 'The Fates'. The monumental block of the two lovers in the centre foreground with the three Fates arranged in a train above and behind them has now been altered, so that the lovers stand to the right beside a small tree, and on the left is a seated or slumped woman with a small child. In two of these studies, this figure appears to be holding a crutch.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Fates/ E.B.J./ Fates
- - Handwritten - Sepia ink. not in artist's hand


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. 63
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 70

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