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Watercolour - Dalziels' Bible Gallery - The Days of Creation - Light and Darkness

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P465
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862 - 1863

Maker Information

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


These drawings were commissioned by Dalziel Brothers in 1863 for their 'Illustrated Bible' and seem to have been the only designs Burne-Jones made for the project in this medium.

They suggest the influence of William Blake, whose 'Life' by Alexander Gilchrist appeared in 1863 and was read by Burne-Jones that year. Burne-Jones had already treated this subject in designs for the rose window at the east end of Waltham Abbey, made in 1861, and he was to return to it again, in much more elaborate form, in a famous series of paintings exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877, now in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Light Darkness
Medium:Watercolour, gold and bodycolour over pencil on white paper.

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Height:62 mm
Width:134 mm