Before embarking on his final career as a designer and writer, Morris completed one oil painting, a portrait of his future wife Jane Burden as 'La Belle Iseult' (Tate Gallery, London), and began another, also on the Arthurian theme of Tristram and Iseult. As described by Stephen Wildman, the two or three major figures against a background, perhaps including the mast and rigging of a ship, might suggest a treatment of Malory's 'Mort d'Arthur' in which Tristram accompanies Iseult on the voyage to Cornwall, where she is to marry King Mark.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist William Morris -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
by William Morris / C. F. M.
Notes reverse Written - In pencil in the handwriting of Charles Fairfax Murray.. Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
William Morris Centenary Exhibition
316 Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1934 - 1934
Visions of Love and Life
no.51, repr.p.183 Seattle Art Museum 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
no.51, repr.p.183 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
no.51, repr.p.183 Delaware Art Museum 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
no.51, repr.p.183 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
no.51, repr.p.183 High Museum of Art, Atlanta 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
no.51, repr.p.183 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Musuem & Art Gallery Catalogue of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Derby, Bemrose & Sons Ltd. p. 287
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 183


Charles Fairfax Murray?

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Name Type
Jane Burden Artist's model

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