A drawing 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.The scene shows the statue being brought to life by the figure of Venus. Compositionally different in every way from the same scene later depicted in both series of oil paintings.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


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 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion Series Centenary Exhibition
no cat. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 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. 91
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 78

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William Morris Author

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