SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S.
STUDY FOR THE HEAD OF PERSEUS IN THE ROCK OF DOOM
signed with initials and dated l.l.: EBJ/ 1875; titled l.r.: PERSEUS/ study for the/ sixth picture
23 by 18cm., 9 by 7in.
The paper is flat in the mount and there are no visble tears or holes. The paper may be very slightly discoloured but it is not distracting. The paper is not laid down
The picture is contained in a simple wooden frame with a clean mount and under glass - please contact the department for photographs.
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H.S. Theobald Esq. by 1899;
Probably purchased in 1904 by prominent art collectors in Wales and thence by family descent
London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Drawings and Studies by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart., 1899, part of no.61 (no.1)
The 'Perseus Series' is one of the artist's greatest artistic triumphs, albeit an unfinished one, but it is also one of the most ambitious and remarkable decorative projects of the Nineteenth Century. Commissioned in the spring of 1875 by the rising Conservative politician Arthur Balfour for the dining room of his London house at 4 Carlton Gardens, it was worked upon for more than a decade. Based upon Morris' 'The Doom of King Acrisius' from Earthly Paradise, it tells the tale of the hero Perseus, son of the King of Argos. The annotation on the present drawing refers to Perseus and Andromeda of 1876 (Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide) a composition later re-imagined as two canvases The Rock of Doom and The Doom Fulfilled (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart and full-scale cartoons at Southampton City Art Gallery).