Edward Burne-Jones, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in England, Great Britain in 1870s.
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About the Work
‘Thisbe’, this relates to the left-hand panel of the ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ triptych now in the Williamson Art Gallery at Birkenhead, Wirral, UK. The triptych is in watercolour with bodycolour on vellum, and the panels measure 36.2 x 26cm. (Thisbe, left),36.1 x 12.9cm. (Cupid, centre) and 36.2 x 26cm. (Pyramus, right). According to Burne-Jones’s autograph work-record (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), it was started in 1872 and completed in 1876.
The figure in this painting painting differs in several respects from the one in the triptych. It is obviously the same, but the handling is much freer and there are variations in the treatment of the hair, drapery and hand.
Given its size it is likely a fragement of an unfinished larger version of the triptych. Burne-Jones often painted more than one version of his compositions. By no means all of them were finished, and it is not uncommon to find unfinished canvases that have been cut down to make them into marketable commodities.
- from information provided by John Christian, author and Burne-Jones scholar
Frame 1710 x 1005 x 70mm
oil on canvas
Monochrome painted figure with drapery standing in profile with proper left arm raised and held out in front. The painting is not completed. The painting is in an original frame.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Lord Leverhulme, 1924
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
08 Apr 1924



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