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Stained Glass Design - Head Study of Maria Zambaco for St Mark the Evangelist

Stained Glass Design - Head Study of Maria Zambaco for St Mark the Evangelist, 1869 - 1871

Pencil on cream paper, laid down.
293mm x 238mm
EBJ * [not in the artist's hand]//to A C [in the artist's hand]
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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A female head, hair tied back, turned to the right, with open mouth.


Exhibition History

1966-67 Midland Area Travelling Exhibition
2007-08 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Leighton House Museum, London


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 104.
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. 89, B956.

Research Information:

Probably a prepatory sketch for a stained glass window executed by Morris & Co. in 1873-74 for the Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge. The study is of St. Mark the Evangelist, and this should be compared with both the cartoon (1927P423) and a later version of the window (1927M1016, dated 1883), both in BMAG's permanent collection. All were bequeathed by J. R. Holliday in 1927. It was not unusual for Burne-Jones to use female models for male subjects, and he does it quite frequently with this model, Maria Zambaco.

The inscription, 'to AC', in Burne-Jones's hand, may refer to Aglaia Coronio, Zambaco's first cousin, and a patroness of Burne-Jones.