Head study of a woman, very likely Georgiana Burne-Jones, the artist's wife, as the features are strikingly similar to portraits of her, both by Burne-Jones himself, and her brother-in-law, Edward Poynter. This may be a head study for 'The Annunciation' (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight); some scholars believe the Virgin's face is modelled on Georgiana (see 'Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer', pages 240-241). The dates of 'The Annunciation' correspond with the dates of this sketchbook, so it is plausible to make such an identification.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
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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Georgiana Burne-Jones Artist's model

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