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Drawing - St. Simeon Stylites
  • St. Simeon Stylites
    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881
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St. Simeon Stylites

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Eleanor M. Hollyer, in memory of her father.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 115

William Burges was an architect and a leading figure in the Gothic Revival movement. His interest in medieval art led him to collect prints by Albrecht Dürer, and in this drawing he has closely emulated this master’s powerful, wiry line. The work illustrates a poem by Tennyson about a 5th-century Syrian saint who lived on a small platform on top of a pillar for 37 years.

Physical description


Place of Origin

England (made)


1861 (made)


Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Signed with monogram


Height: 38.5 cm from catalogue, Width: 27.7 cm from catalogue

Object history note

An entry in the artist's diary for the year 1861 reads: 'Finished S. Simeon Sylites'.

A sketch of the same subject exists in one of the artist's notebooks in the Drawings Library of the Royal Institute of the British Architects.

Descriptive line

William Burges, 'St. Simeon Stylites', a drawing illustrating Tennyson's poem. 1861. Signed with monogram WB. Pen and Ink.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters And Methods Since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 133, fig. 107
Colin Cruise Pre-Raphaelite Drawing London: Thames & Hudson, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7093-0264-3
Pl.23 in The Designs of William Burges, A.R.A., edited by R P Pullan, London, 1883.
The drawing was reproduced on p.419, vol 26 of The Building News, 17 April 1874


Pen and ink; Paper




Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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