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Stained Glass Design - Draped Study for St Matthew the Evangelist

Stained Glass Design - Draped Study for St Matthew the Evangelist , 1873

Pencil on paper.
250mm x 175mm
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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Whole length figure supporting a book in which he is about to write, with an angel behind his head.


Exhibition History

1957 Midlands Federation of Art Travelling Exhibition
1980 Fitzwilliam Museum
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 147.
A Charles Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. I: fig. 434; Vol. II: p. 43.
Stephen Wildman and John Christian. Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1998. p. 13; fig. 11.
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, B961.

Research Information:

This study, along with the nude (1927P530), was intended for a series of Michelangelesque figures of Sibyls and the Four Evangelists in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge. They seem to be influenced by Burne-Jones's 1872 visit to Italy, when he studied, at length, the figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.