The watercolour of this subject, which is dated 1867, was developed from a cartoon for stained glass, according to the 1939 edition of the Birmingham Catalogue of Drawings, which follows a statement by Charles Fairfax Murray, Burne-Jones's studio assistant. It represents a young woman, wearing red and blue drapery, carrying on either arm a nude child, while four more children cluster around her feet. The finished watercolour was exhibited at the Old Watercolour Society in 1870 and at New Gallery in both 1892-93 and 1898-99. It later passed into the collections of F.S. Ellis and Lord Wantage.

  • 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
- - - 1870


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Hidden Burne Jones
37 Birmingham Musuem and Art Gallery 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
37 Leighton House, London 2007-10 - 2008-01


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. 93
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 64

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