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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

St George Series - Nude Study of St George for 'St George slaying the Dragon'
 

St George Series - Nude Study of St George for 'St George slaying the Dragon', 1865 - 1866

Medium:
Red chalk on cream-toned paper.
Dimensions:
328mm x 238mm
Provenance:
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

Accession Number:

1904P81

Description:

Full-length nude study, with St George carrying a shield and sword.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 73.
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. 91, B1034.

Research Information:

This is a study for 'St George Slaying the Dragon', the sixth of seven paintings by Burne- Jones for Myles Birket Foster and his home at Witley, Surrey. Here the figure is more in profile than in the final version, and his action of striking over and in front of him differs from his position in the oil painting (Gallery of New South Wales, Australia) and the related gouache (William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow). The shield is now taller, and somewhat irregular than in other chalk studies.