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Designs for the decoration of the Red House: 677

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Designs for the decoration of the Red House
The Wedding Feast of Sir Degrevaunt


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward



Measurements and weight

Height: 330 mm
Width: 510 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1908) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Production date: AD 1860


Burne-Jones designed several subjects for the decoration of Morris' Red House in 1860 (see also no. 869); in this case the idyllic mood and dark, rich colouring betray his interest in early Venetian Art, especially Giorgione. The half-figure of a girl on the right is related to a watercolour of 1862, 'Hope', (reproduced No. 35 in 1975 A.C. catalogue). The narrative of the paintings is taken from the 15th Century tale of Sir Degrevaunt. See the 1844 edition of 'Thornton's Romances', publ. by the Camden Society.

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Components of the work

Support composed of cartridge paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour/gouache on thick cartridge paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: within a circle

  • Text: E. Jones
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: within a circle

  • Text: 1860
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 677
Primary reference Number: 25981
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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