Kurt Locher identified this bodycolour drawing as being of Medusa in 'The Death of Medusa' from the 'Perseus' series. However, it should be noted that this design of Medusa was abandoned by Burne-Jones in both the finished paintings at Southampton and the Staatsgalerie; in those versions she is seen from behind instead, although the body is essentially in the same pose, with the placement of hands altered. Burne-Jones used the frontal pose of Medusa, based on this sketch, in a preparatory study for 'The Death of Medusa', in a private collection in England (in Locher's catalogue it is reproduced as fig. 71).

  • Presented by Mrs Angela Thirkell, 1952.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Der Perseus-Zyklus von Edward Burne-Jones
Kurt Locher 1973 Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart Fig. 69
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 81

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