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Chalk Drawing - Male Portrait - possibly Dante or study for St George Series

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P564
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1866

Maker Information

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


Possibly a study for one of the series of seven canvases illustrating 'The Story of St George' for the dining room of the artist Myles Birket Foster, at Witley, Surrey.

This could also possibly be a study for the head of one of the king's attendants in the third installment of the St. George Series, 'Moritura: The Princess Draws the Lot'. It appears identical to the male figure in the bottom left of the final painting in oil (Hanover College, Indiana), whose head is seen framed between two of the back legs of an altar.

Or it may be a study of head of the poet Dante. Burne-Jones relished the challenge inherent in every technique of draughtsmanship, and on occasion produced a finished 'presentation' drawing in this style of soft chalk on fairly heavy paper, which gives a rich grainy texture to shadows and background.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Portrait Dante
Medium:Red and black chalk touched with pencil, on paper.

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Height:356 mm
Width:234 mm