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Maria Zambaco - Profile Study

Maria Zambaco - Profile Study, 1866

Brown chalk, with pencil, on cream-toned paper.
314mm x 205mm
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Side profile of a girl with long hair.



A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & 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 Musuems and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 75, B512.

Research Information:

This is probably a very early profile study of the Anglo-Greek sculptress/medallist Maria Cassavetti Zambaco, with whom Burne-Jones became romantically involved in June 1868. Burne-Jones first met Zambaco in the Autumn of 1866, when he was commissioned by her mother, Euphrosyne Ionides Cassavetti. to paint something for which her daughter modelled. Burne-Jones made several studies of Zambaco, and in 1867 produced 'Cupid Delivering Psyche' (watercolour, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Public Libraries, Cecil French Bequest, on loan to Leighton House Museum, Kensington), with Zambaco as Psyche.