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An Idyll - Study

An Idyll - Study, 1862

Charcoal over pencil on cream toned paper.
221mm x 329mm
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Figure study of two lovers kissing.


Exhibition History

1933 Tate Gallery
1934 Royal Academy of Arts
1935 Bucharest
1975-76 Hayward Gallery, London; Southampton City Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
1995-96 Seattle Art Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
2002 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007-08 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; Leighton House Museum, London


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 53.
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. 74, B443.

Research Information:

This is a study for the watercolour in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (1924P91), combining strength and delicacy with Burne-Jones using his finger to smudge the charcoal. One of a group of timeless landscapes that followed Burne-Jones's visits to Italy in 1859 and 1862, and show the influence of the Venetian Renaissance painter Giorgione.