One of several studies in Birmingham's Collection for the Perseus Series of paintings (Series I is now in the Stattsgalerie, Stuttgart; Series II in the Southampton City Art Gallery).Of these two studies, it seems that only Medusa was used in the final composition, specifically, 'The Finding of Medusa', the Staatsgalerie version. However, it is possible that these two heads were two be used in the preliminary compositions of 'The Baleful Head', also in the Staatsgalerie, in which similar positionings of the heads are used.

  • 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
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 11
Bill Waters, Martin Harrison 1973 Barrie & Jenkins, London p. 119; Fig. 173
Der Perseus-Zyklus von Edward Burne-Jones
Kurt Locher 1973 Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart Fig. 59
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 79

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