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The Days of Creation - Study of Hands and Globe for 'The Second Day'

The Days of Creation - Study of Hands and Globe for 'The Second Day', 1872

Pencil on off-white paper.
362mm x 248mm
EBJ/1872/Studies for the/ DAYS OF/CREATION
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

Accession Number:



Four studies of hands and arms holding globe for the watercolour version of 'The Days of Creation' (1872-76), originally executed as stained glass by Morris & Co.


Exhibition History

1984 Hong Kong Museum of Art
2007-08 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery;Leighton House Museum, London


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 97.
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. 69, B258.

Research Information:

Drapery and hand study of center angel from the 'Days of Creation'. Labelled, by the artist, "II" in the upper right hand corner, which may indicate that this was a study for the Second Day, featuring two angels in the panel, hence the two body types with differing drapery. The Days of Creation series are in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University (except Day Four, which was stolen in 1974).