This is an intimate study of a small child, very unlike drawings of children and putti made for works like the 'Troy Triptych'. It is a study for the infant Christ in the second version of the Adoration of the Kings and Annunciation triptych (1860-62), now in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber and done in oils. The first version of the triptych dates from 1860, was also executed in oil, and now in Tate, London. The model for the infant in each triptych is markedly different from the other, most notably in the pose of the child, but also in age. Burne-Jones's sensitive treatment of these young models may be due to the fact that he became a father for the first time, in October 1861, when his son Philip was born.

  • 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
Monogram top left Handwritten - Sepia. Not in the Artist's Hand


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Decorative Art of Burne-Jones and Morris
286 Midlands Arts Federation Travelling Exhibition 1957 - 1957
Hidden Burne-Jones
5 (repro. p. 30) Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
5 (repro. p. 30) Leighton House Museum, London 2007-10-12 - 2008-01-27


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. 105
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 63

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