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Pencil and Red Chalk - Female - Drapery Study of Flying Drapery

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P196
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1866

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


This drapery study has not as yet been identified with any particular subject by Burne-Jones, although he did design several pictures of flying girls in flowing drapery in the early 1870s, such as: 'Evening Star' (1870, Private Collection), 'Night' (1870, Collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber), 'Luna' (1872, Private Collection), and 'Evening Star' (1872, Collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber) and 'Flora' (1870-72, location unknown), among others.

The idea may derive from the flying angels in Botticelli's 'Mystic Nativity' (c. 1465, National Gallery, London). In an 1871 letter to Charles Eliot Norton, Burne-Jones requested reproductions of works by Florentine Masters (the collection is now in University College, London, Special Collections), in which he begged: 'if Ghirlandajo [sic] draws sweet girls running, and their dressed blown about, O please not to let me lose one' (GBJ, 'Memorials', II:21). This is one of a group of drapery studies by Burne-Jones at BMAG.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil and red-brown chalk on cream-toned paper.


Height:305 mm
Width:199 mm