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Pencil Drawing - Pygmalion and the Image - Study for Pygmalion gazing at the Image

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P617
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1867 - 1867

Maker Information

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


In 1867 Burne-Jones made twelve designs in illustration of the version by William Morris in 'The Earthly Paradise' of Ovid's tale of Pygmalion from the 'Metamorphoses'. This relates how Pygmalion, a celebrated sculptor of Cyprus, fell in love with a statue of a maiden, which he had himself made. His prayers to Venus were so earnest that the goddess consented to change the statue into a living woman. They married, the former statue now called Galatea, and became the parents of Paphus, who founded the city of that name in Cyprus. Burne-Jones painted in oils, 1868-78, two series of four pictures each, illustrating the story of Pygmalion and the Image, the second series which are now in BMAG, 1903P23-26 [The first series is now in the collection of Lord Lloyd- Webber].

In this drawing, Pygmalion stands on the left, beside his bed, gazing up at his statue of a young woman, which stands in a niche on the right.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on tracing paper.

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Height:141 mm
Width:92 mm