One of a small group of landscapes made by Burne-Jones in 1863, three of which are in the Birmingham Collection. These images are probably as close to true Pre-Raphaelitism as he ever got in its 'truth to nature', being drawn from woods at Cobham, Surrey, while visiting Stanhope. Although it is a scene taken from a real location, there is a romantic and mysterious atmosphere in the way the picture is composed, again owing a strong debt to Giorgione and Venetian painting which was an extremely strong influence on him at the time. It has been suggested by some scholars that these landscapes served as background studies for Burne-Jones's 1863 work, The Merciful Knight, also in Birmingham's Collection. His granddaughter, Angela Thirkell, who presented these landscapes to Birmingham stated that these were in fact used for the 1864 watercolour Green Summer (Private Collection).

  • Presented by Mrs G L Thirkell, 1954.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
- - - 1863


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic & Decorative Work
247 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-5 - 1976-01-04
247 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
247 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976 - 1976
Hidden Burne Jones
17 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
17 Leighton House, London 2007-10 - 2008-01


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. 74

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