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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Edward Burne-Jones, British (Birmingham, England 1833 - 1898 London, England)
Sir Galahad
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink on vellum
15.6 x 19.2 cm (6 1/8 x 7 9/16 in.)
Colonel William Gillum, by 1892; Juliet M. (Mrs. Sydney) Morse, by 1899; acquired through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, 1937 (£50); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Malcolm Bell, Sir Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review, Bell (London and New York, 1894), pp. 26-27, 101

W. Cosmo Monkhouse, Exhibition of Drawings and Studies by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart., exh. cat., Burlington Fine Arts Club (London, 1899), p. 6, no. 12

Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones, Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones (2 vols.) (London, England, 1904), vol. 1, pg. 181-82

Centenary Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart., exh. cat., Tate Britain (London, 1933), no. 47

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 5

Martin Harrison and Bill Waters, Burne-Jones, G. P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY, 1973), pp. 37-40

John Christian, Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, England, 1975), under no. 12, p. 20

Allen Staley, Victorian High Renaissance, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, 1978), p. 68

Debra N. Mancoff, The Arthurian Revival in Victorian Art, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1990), pp. 164-165, 187, 231; repr. pl. 48

Marilynn Lincoln Board, "Art's Moral Mission: Reading G. F. Watts' 'Sir Galahad'", The Arthurian Revival: Essays on Form, Tradition, and Transformation, ed. Debra N. Mancoff, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1992), pp. 137-138, pl. 20

Debra N. Mancoff, The Return of King Arthur: The Legend through Victorian Eyes, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1995), pp. 121-22

Norris J. Lacy, The Arthurian Handbook, Garland (New York, NY, 1997), p. 223

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 35 under "Parchment"

Debra N. Mancoff, Burne-Jones, Pomegranate (San Francisco, CA, 1998), p. 26 and repr. fig. 10

Christopher Wood, Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England, 1998), repr. p. 24

Stephen Wildman and John Christian, Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1998), pg. 59, under no. 6 and no. 9

Roberta J.M. Olson and Jay M. Pasachoff, Fire in the sky: comets and meteors, the decisive centuries, in British art ..., Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, 1998), pp. 269-271, repr. fig. 138

Christine Poulson, The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art, 1840-1920, Manchester University Press/St. Martin's Press (Manchester, England and New York, NY, 1999), p. 92, repr.

Christopher Wood, Victorian Painting, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England, 1999), p. 157, fig. 185

William W. Robinson, "Old Master and Nineteenth-Century Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (2000), vol. 38, no. 3, Autumn, pp. 233-240, p. 236, fig. 3

Whitney Davis, "On the Edge of Matrimony: On Some Early Drawings by Edward Burne-Jones", Dear Print Fan: A Festschrift for Marjorie B. Cohn, ed. Craigen Bowen, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), pp. 99-104, fig. 4, pp. 102-103

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), p. 53, fig. 3, under no. 12

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 154, repr. (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 154, repr.

Jeanne d'Arc: les tableaux de l'histoire, 1820-1920, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 2003), pp. 123, 125, fig. 9

The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, February 19, 2003 - February 20, 2003), vol. I, p. 237, fig. 2

David Peters Corbett, Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Publishing (London, 2004), p. 18, fig. 8

Debra N. Mancoff, "Unpainted Masterpieces: The Drawings of Edward Burne-Jones", Museum Studies [Objects of Desire: Victorian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago] (2005), vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 44-55, p. 92, note 11

Sonia Del Re, Dennis Lanigan, and Christopher Newall, Beauty's Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection, exh. cat., ed. Caroline Wetherilt, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2015), p. 78, fig. 25.3, repr.

Melissa Buron, Truth & Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters, exh. cat., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, 2018), p. 42, fig. 22

Christiana Payne, Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings & Watercolours, exh. cat., Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 2021), pp. 43, 106

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Drawings and Studies by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart., Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 01/01/1899 - 12/31/1899

Centenary Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart. (1833-1898), Tate Britain, London, 06/14/1933 - 08/31/1933

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

The Age of Romanticism, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/15/1986 - 05/18/1986

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/10/2015 - 05/03/2016

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