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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

St George Series - Nude Study of St George for 'St George slaying the Dragon'
 

St George Series - Nude Study of St George for 'St George slaying the Dragon', 1865

Medium:
Red chalk on cream-toned paper.
Dimensions:
280mm x 228mm
Provenance:
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

Accession Number:

1904P80

Description:

Full-length nude study of St George advancing with sword and shield.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 72.
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. 91, B1035.

Research Information:

This is a study related to 'St George Slaying the Dragon', the sixth of seven paintings painted by Burne-Jones for the home of Myles Birket Foster at Witley, Surrey. The lower part of this figure is similar to the position of St George's legs in the final version, in which however the dragon is beneath him and he bends to thrust the sword down its throat. Here the shield is round, while in the final version it is larger and an irregular shape.