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Adoration of the Magi

  • Object:

    Cartoon

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1888 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (Sir), born 1833 - died 1898 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographic paper heightened with bodycolour and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.5012-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The term 'cartoon', as used here, means a full-sized drawing for execution in another medium, in this case a tapestry. In this example, the drawing has been photographically enlarged and then over-painted. The scene shows the three Magi bringing their gifts to the Christ Child seated on the Virgin Mary's knee, with Joseph hovering in the background. The crown on the floor alludes to Christ's divine sovereignty. Its form was based on a 15th-century prototype: that worn by the Virgin Mary in Van Eyck's Adoration of the Lamb altarpiece in Ghent, which Burne-Jones had sketched. The background and the robes of the figures are plain, because William Morris was to add the ornamentation. Morris and Company wove the design for the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford. The tapestry cost £525.

Physical description

Four panels of paper joined to form a cartoon for The Adoration of the Magi tapestry, photographic paper heightened with bodycolour and watercolour.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1888 (made)

Artist/maker

Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (Sir), born 1833 - died 1898 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Photographic paper heightened with bodycolour and watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 240 cm, Width: 376 cm

Descriptive line

Cartoon for The Adoration of the Magi Tapestry, photographic paper heightened with bodycolour and watercolour, after Edward Burne-Jones, 1888, England

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

Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Materials

Paper; Bodycolour; Watercolour

Techniques

Painting; Photography

Subjects depicted

Crowns (headdresses); Angels; Shelter; Axe; Sword

Categories

Paintings; Photographs; Designs; Christianity; Black History

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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