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Jewellery design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case CAT, shelf 13, box 4

William Burges designed a variety of containers, utensils, and jewellery in gold, silver, crystal, jewels, and a variety of other pressure materials. The style of the his incredibly elegant and highly detailed pieces can only be categorized as eclectic. He derived motifs from a variety of sources ranging from Romanesque, to Japanese, to medieval Gothic.

Physical description

Pen and pencil drawings on paper of medallion-shaped designs. Human figures, faces, and wild animals are set within the circular borders with different astrological and natural motifs. The inscription 'William Burges' is included in a medieval font on one medallion. Notes are inscribed throughout the sheet about the different orientations of the multiple designs.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1875 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'June 1875'
Inscribed in the bottom right corner.


Width: 27.5 cm, Length: 28 cm

Descriptive line

William Burges. Designs for medallions, Pen and pencil, English, 1875.


Pen; Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

Face; Human; Medallion; Inscription; Animal


Designs; Drawings; Jewellery


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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