This Hollyer platinotype is after a highly finished pencil design for the south aisle window in St Martin's Church, Brampton, Cumbria. Burne-Jones's account book for November 1887 states that it is: 'A design of Christ blessing little children for Naworth [Castle, home of the Earls of Carlisle] ...£15.' This indicates that the design was commissioned by George Howard, the Earl of Carlisle, and was later installed in 1893, in memory of Bessie Howard. It has been suggested by Bill Waters that Birmingham's version is a copy of the original, which is believed to have passed from the Earl of Carlisle's estate into the hands of Sotheby's then into a private collection. In 1994, the drawing was sold at Phillips to Rachel Moss of the Moss Galleries, and then purchased in 1996 by Mrs. Roberts of Brampton, Cumbria. This cartoon also appears in the Morris & Co Windows Book, 1940P604.1, as number 492.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Photographer Frederick Hollyer -
After Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
TOP/ Christ Blessing Children/ Copyright/ Frederick Hollyer/ London/ S572
Label - Inscribed - printed in pencil. maker's inscriptions


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. 148
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 86

Associated places

Name Type
St Martin's Church, Brampton, Cumberland Made for
St Aubin's Church, Jersey -

Associated organisations

Name Type
Morris & Co Realised by

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