Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
Fabricated black crayon on paper
15 x 9 in. (38.1 x 22.8 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Burne-Jones enrolled at Oxford in 1853 only to leave two years later to train under the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriele Rossetti. Burne-Jones was soon recognized as a leading artist in his own right. Toward the end of his career, the Australian mining engineer William Knox d’Arcy commissioned him to design a set of tapestries depicting the legend of the Quest for the Holy Grail. This drawing is a preparatory study for the figure of Gawaine in the tapestry The Summons.
Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed in graphite (lower right): EB-J/ 1893/ Study for GAWAIN/ in the design of the / ROUND TABLE/ for Tapestries of the / MORTE D'ARTHUR
William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme; Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England; Robert Lehman (acquired from Christie's London, sale of June 6, 1958)