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Sketchbook - Study for 'Stella Vespertina'

Sketchbook - Study for 'Stella Vespertina' , 1875 - 1879

263mm x 176mm
Presented by Mrs Angela Thirkell, 1952.

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Full-length study of a girl, seated, reclining in sleep, her head supported by her left arm. Verso, there is a slight sketch of a right foot under heavy drapery.



Stephen Wildman and John Christian. Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian-Artist Dreamer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1998. p. 274.
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. 81, B684.

Research Information:

This is a prepatory study, with no changes, for 'The Evening Star' or 'Stella Vespertina'. The finished version was executed in 1879, in black and blue chalk, and is now in the possession of Torre Abbey in Torquay. It was a design for stained glass commissioned by Angus Holden for his house in Yorkshire. It should be noted that this version differs radically from the previous paintings of the 'Evening Star' of 1870 (private collection, UK) and 1872 (Collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber).