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Studies of hands with musical instruments for 'The Golden Stairs': 965

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Current Location: In storage


Studies of hands with musical instruments for 'The Golden Stairs'


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward



Measurements and weight

Height: 263 mm
Width: 175 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1919-06) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Production date: circa AD 1878


Seven studies of hands holding cymbals, viols and a tamboruine, for 'The Golden Stairs' (1872-80 Tate Gallery). Burne-Jones used the Italian model Antonia Cura for all the girls' bodies in the picture.

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Support composed of cartridge paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite on white cartridge paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 965
Primary reference Number: 26082
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 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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