This design was probably one of a series of potential designs executed by Morris & Co., for St. Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham. It is after a Burne-Jones cartoon executed in 1874, now in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. This design does not come from the studio of Burne-Jones, as the paper the watercolour was executed on bears the clear pre-printed inscription of 'Property of Morris & Co./ Merton Abbey/ Surrey'. This watercolour was a gift of Mr. P.B. Chatwin, who upon its presentation to Birmingham's collection in 1942 stated, 'When my father first suggested the window he gave a rough idea of what he thought required. When this design arrived he was much disappointed as the scale was altogether different from what he wanted. He did not like the job of having to say he was dissatisfied, but his criticism was understood and the next new design was forthcoming.'

  • Presented by G A F Chatwin, 1943.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Birmingham/ St Philips Ch/ Scale 1/2' = 1'/ The Property of Morris & Co/ Merton Abbey/ Surrey/ Property of Morris & Co*
Inscription top left Printed 1884 Ink. not in the artist's hand


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle
A C Sewter 1971 Yale University Press, New Haven Vol. I: fig. 476
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 85

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St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham Associated with

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Name Type
Morris & Co Realised by

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