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The Car of Love (Love's Wayfaring) - Study of Maria Zambaco

The Car of Love (Love's Wayfaring) - Study of Maria Zambaco, 1875

158mm x 139mm
E.B.J 1875
Presented by an anonymous donor, 1898.

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Study of female head and shoulders, turning to the left, with her hair tied up as she looks off to the left.


Exhibition History

1929 Royal Museum of Arts, Brussels
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 103.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey. Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 63, B27.

Research Information:

This head study was used in the two versions of the 'Car of Love' or 'Love's Wayfaring', both of which are unfinished: a charcoal version (c. 1871) in the Falmouth Art Gallery, a compositional study in pencil (c.1898) and the large oil on canvas both in the V & A (begun 1872). Maria Zambaco was an artist working in a variety of media, but achieved great fame in France for her work as a sculptor and medallist at the turn of the century. She and Burne-Jones had a relationship which began in 1866, and lasted throughout his life. He made dozens of studies of her, many of which are in BMAG's collection.