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Stained Glass Design - St Mark the Evangelist

Stained Glass Design - St Mark the Evangelist, 1874

Sepia wash, Indian ink and bodycolour over pencil on paper, adhered to auxilliary supports of paper and linen, held at tension on an enclosed wooden strainer.
1251mm x 525mm
ark centre tier/ K/ sibyl/ [extremely faint notes]/ lining/ outside/ outside/ 107 [in white, maker's mark]/ Morris & C [cut off] dont [sic, cut off]/ endin[cut off] from right
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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Full-length figure of St Mark three-quarter head turned to left, with quill and book in hand, lion behind on left.


Exhibition History

1934 Victoria and Albert Museum
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
2007 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


Malcolm Bell. Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review. George Bell & Sons, London: 1892. p. 117.
A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 143.
A Charles Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. I: fig. 435 ; Vol. II: p. 43.
Douglas Schoenherr. The 'Cartoon Book' and Morris & Company's sale of Burne-Jones's cartoons in 1901-1904. The Journal of Stained Glass, London: 2005, Volume XXIX. p. 113.
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, B957.

Research Information:

This is a stained glass design for the south transept, west wall of Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge, executed in 1874. It was subsequently used for the west window of the Church of All Hallows, Allerton, Liverpool in 1876, and the south transept chapel of St Paul in Morton, near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in 1891.

From the head study of St Mark, also in BMAG's collection (1927P455), the model used in this cartoon is a favourite of Burne-Jones at this time, Anglo-Greek sculptor/medallist Maria Zambaco. The head study is reversed from the cartoon, facing right. This was a common alteration from studies to cartoons.