One of five study drawings in Birmingham's collection for the 1884 oil painting 'King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid' now in the collections of Tate. Birmingham's collection also holds the fully worked up colour cartoon for this subject.In this presumably early conception of Cophetua's figure, the cloak differs from that finally adopted, as well as the object the king holds. Here, instead of a crown, a hood or piece of folded drapery is substituted.

  • Purchased, 1972.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of Englsih Drawings & Watercolours
76 P & D Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London 1972-05-17 - 1972-06-17
Catalogue 25
9, repr. Hartnoll & Eyre Ltd 1972 - 1972
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
146 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-01 - 1976
146 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-02 - 1976-03-01
146 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-02 - 1976-04-01


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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