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Chalk Drawing - Study for Stained Glass Design - The Garland Weavers - Full-Length Figure Study

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P454
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862 - 1866

Maker Information

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


This study may relate to the series of six stained glass panels called 'The Garland Weavers', installed in the Green Dining Room at 1 Palace Green (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum). The figures were set into three windows, with two panels in each, forming part of a larger scheme for which Philip Webb was responsible.

Although the drawing is dated 1862, it was probably worked up as late as the 1880s, when Burne-Jones would colour old drawings and either sell them or make them gifts.

The contrapposto of the figure coupled with the style of the garment, are identical to other preliminary designs and studies for this series, although none are as finished as this. The garment is a type that Burne-Jones made a great deal of use during the middle and late 1860s, and differs considerably from others dating from the early 1860s where garments tended to be looser and flowing. This may indicate that this drawing was dated incorrectly, several years after it was executed, which Burne-Jones was known to do when presenting these as gifts, sale, or exhibition. The face is also uncharacteristic of the early sixties, when the influence of Rossetti was still extremely evident in Burne-Jones's work.

There are three watercolour studies of the fourth panel, all currently in Private Collections, all dating from about 1866.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Coloured chalks, laid down, on paper.

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Height:340 mm
Width:159 mm