SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S.
STUDY FOR THE CALL OF PERSEUS
red crayon, white chalk and pencil on brown paper
39 by 32cm., 15½ by 12½in.
The sheet is a coarse-textured red paper. There is a very small tear close to the extreme left edge of the sheet but otherwise there are no obvious condition issues. The paper is not laid down. The drawing is ready to be hung.
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Christie's, London, 'Remaining Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart., deceased', 16-18 July 1898, lot 140;
Michael Inchbald Ross;
Sotheby's, 19 October 1989, lot 427, where purchased by Maas Gallery, London;
Thomas Williams Fine Art, London;
London, New Gallery, Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1888, no.51
Newnes, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, n.d., illustrated plate 32
This is a study for the first painting in the 'Perseus Series,' depicting the appearance of the Goddess Minerva to the startled hero Perseus who is presented with a sword and mirror with which to defeat the Gorgon Medusa, entitled The Call of Perseus (Cartoon at Sothampton City Art Gallery). A full-length nude study for Perseus was sold in these rooms (10 May 2012, lot 8).