Possibly a study for one of the series of seven canvases illustrating 'The Story of St George' for the dining room of the artist Myles Birket Foster, at Witley, Surrey.This could also possibly be a study for the head of one of the king's attendants in the third installment of the St. George Series, 'Moritura: The Princess Draws the Lot'. It appears identical to the male figure in the bottom left of the final painting in oil (Hanover College, Indiana), whose head is seen framed between two of the back legs of an altar. Or it may be a study of head of the poet Dante. Burne-Jones relished the challenge inherent in every technique of draughtsmanship, and on occasion produced a finished 'presentation' drawing in this style of soft chalk on fairly heavy paper, which gives a rich grainy texture to shadows and background.

  • 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 bottom right Handwritten - Chalk


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: Dal Preraffaelismo al Simbolismo
66 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1987 - 1987


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
Visions of Love & Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection
Stephen Wildman 1998 Art Services International p. 244
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 75

Associated people

Name Type
Myles Birket Foster Associated with

Associated places

Name Type
The Hill, Witley, Surrey Associated with

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