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Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Dido and Cleopatra

Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Dido and Cleopatra, 1864

Sepia ink and wash over pencil on two sheets of toned paper with four additional strips around outer edge.
465mm x 492mm
let all the flowers fall at the ground/ lining/ lining/ Imago (C) leopatrae [sic] Martyris/ Imago Didonis M(artyris)/R/R/ Why [illegible] on both sides chalk
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Design of two women, Cleopatra on the left with two frogs at her feet, and Dido on the right carrying torch of fire.


Exhibition History

1957 Midland Area Travelling Exhibition
1980 Fitzwilliam Museum


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 133.
A C Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. II: pp.45, 207.
Richard Myers and Hilary Myers. William Morris Tiles. Richard Dennis, Somerset: 1996. fig. 127.
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. 64, B62.

Research Information:

This is one of seven designs at BMAG for Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women', six of which were used in the bay window of the Combination Room at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.