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A dream of the Nine Muses: 1473

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Current Location: In storage


A dream of the Nine Muses


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward



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Through the National Art Collections Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 270 mm
Width: 355 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927-09) by Colvin, Sidney


1871 - 1872


Lady Burne-Jones in 'Memorials', II, p. 24 records the incident which inspired this work: '... on the way to Rome, between Monte Fiascone and Viterbo, Edward fell asleep and had a dream of the nine muses on Mount Helicon, so distinct that he drew it on awaking'. This Italian trip was in 1871, so the picture either dates from that year or from 1872. The sketchbook containing a note of the composition is in the collection of Miss Mary Chamot.

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Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Gouache, varnished on canvas, mounted and framed with glass

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1473
Primary reference Number: 26133
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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