In the original decorative scheme for the 'Perseus' series, Burne-Jones had envisaged the Court of Phineus as forming the penultimate scene, as the last of the four carved panels over a doorcase and preceding 'The Baleful Head'. Some splendid male nude studies for this scene are to be found in this sketchbook, but no cartoon was ever begun. The sketchbook also contains studies for 'Atlas Turned to Stone', 'The Rock of Doom', and 'The Doom Fulfilled' as well as male nude studies for 'The Romaunt of the Rose'. These drawings are typical of Burne-Jones's use of a fine but soft pencil, in which he set himself high standards of finish.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
III / 47 / July 1875
- Front Handwritten 1875 ink; pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Art of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
176 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
176 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
176 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
98 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-01 - 1998-09-01
98 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-10-01 - 1999
98 Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1999 - 1999-03-01
Hidden Burne Jones
- BMAG G16 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
- Leighton House, London 2007-10-14 - 2008-01-25
Perseus Series display
- BMAG G18 2009-06-25 - 2009-09-30 ?


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Der Perseus-Zyklus von Edward Burne-Jones
Kurt Locher 1973 Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart p. 54
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 78

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