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Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Amor and Alcestis

Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Amor and Alcestis, 1864

Pencil, pen and sepia wash on toned paper, laid down.
465mm x 490mm
Imago Amoris/ let nimbus quite [cut off]/ Imago Alcestis Martyris/ in black letters/ lining/ lining/ lining/ lining
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Design of two figures in medieval garden, on the left the winged Amoris, and on the right Alcestis with flowing hair.


Exhibition History

1980 Fitzwilliam Museum
1984 Whitworth Art Gallery


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. 126.
John Christian and Stephen Wildman. Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1998. p. 97.
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, B60.

Research Information:

This is one of seven designs at BMAG, six of which were used for the bay window of the Combination Room at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, 1869.