Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
White chalk with touches of graphite
sheet: 13 3/16 x 9 15/16 in. (33.5 x 25.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Donahue, 1997
Not on view
Burne-Jones likely made this drawing in the mid-1860s when he was sketching the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum, using chalks on colored paper. While a student at Oxford, Burne-Jones and his close friend William Morris decided to give up their theology degrees and instead pursue artistic careers. Since he lacked formal training, Burne-Jones sought advice from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin--who lent him prints by Albrecht Dürer to copy--and George Frederic Watts, who advised close study of classical sculpture. Here he develops a figural composition from his interaction with Greek models.
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite at upper left of verso: "4946 FAR" Inscribed in graphite at middle right of verso: "1049," circled Inscribed in graphite at lower right of verso: "#10890," underlined