A traced design for a series of four paintings based on an episode from William Morris' cycle of epic poems, 'The Earthly Paradise'. The first series is currently in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber, the second series are in Birmingham's collection.Several things differ in this preliminary drawing from its counterparts in oil. The sculptural group behind Pygmalion to the right: this drawing depicts three nude men and one draped woman. In the 'Heart Desires' in both oil versions, this sculptural grouping are all nude women (although in series one, there are four women; in Birmingham's version, only three). In the left background, there are only two women walking past Pygmalion's studio in the oil versions, and no figure on the steps. Overall, this preliminary drawing is clearly the compositional basis for the later oil versions of the same subject.

  • 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
- - - 1867


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic & Decorative Work
269 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
269 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
269 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-05 - 1976-04-11
Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion Series Centenary Exhibition
no cat. Laing Art Gallery 2004-10-02 - 2005-01-16


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. 90
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 77

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