This study is among the very earliest drawings by Burne-Jones for the 'Holy Grail Tapestries'. In an interview published in the 'Studio' in July 1894, William Morris said that: 'The original studies [were] not above 15 inches high. The figures are grouped and drawn from carefully prepared studies: for the rest there is but little minuteness of detail and they are only slightly tinted.' This description matches the drawing. The strong cartoon-like outline drawing in this piece may suggest at least the partial contribution of Burne-Jones's studio assistant Thomas Matthew Rooke (1842-1942).

  • Purchased with the assistance of the MGC/VandA Purchase Grant Fund, 1994.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -
Assistant Thomas Matthews Rooke -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
188 New Gallery, London 1898-12-31 - 1899-04-08


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. 93


Brian Olphie, USA

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Morris & Co Realised by

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