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Pencil Drawing, Page from Sketchbook - Sketchbook - Study for Mirth in The Pilgrim in the Garden of Idleness

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1952P5.7
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1875 - 1875

Maker Information

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


The only extant completed scheme of the 'Pilgrim in the Garden of Idleness', was executed in linen embroidery with coloured silk by Morris & Co., and is now in the William Morris Gallery,

This study is for the figure of Mirth, the second of these virtues that the Pilgrim sees. It should be noted that Burne-Jones's procession does not follow in the same order as the poem, either the French or Chaucer's versions. The original pencil drawing of Mirth and his companion, Gladness, is referenced in Fortunee de Lisle as being in a private collection (1904, page 114).

Presented by Mrs Angela Thirkell, 1952.

Further Information

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

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Height:255 mm
Width:183 mm