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Pygmalion and the Image - Sketch for 'Pygmalion seeing the Image come to Life'

Pygmalion and the Image - Sketch for 'Pygmalion seeing the Image come to Life', 1867

Pencil on tracing paper.
111mm x 83mm
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

Accession Number:



Study for 1927P623 in reverse. Sketch of Pygmalion entering doorway and seeing the figure/statue of the Image come to life.


Exhibition History

2004-05 Laing Art Gallery


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 92.
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. 78, B580.

Research Information:

This is one of a group of tracings at BMAG illustrating and related to the story of 'Pygmalion and the Image' as retold in William Morris' poem 'The Earthly Paradise'. In this sketch, the two figures are closer to one another than in 1927P623; a staircase is visible behind them, and Pygmalion puts his right hand to his mouth in amazement. This may be an earlier drawing than 1927P624-626.