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The Abduction of Helen: 1547

Object information

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The Abduction of Helen


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward



Legal notes

Bequeathed August 1927.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1931-04-25) by Holliday, J. R.


Production date: ? AD 1862


Possibly for a tile, 1862, for which there is a reference in the design Account Book for 1861-82: Jan 1862 a charge of 15/- for a design for tiles, 'Rape of Helen'.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash
Brown wash
Black chalk
Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of cartridge paper
Ruled Margin Height 250 mm Width 258 mm
Sheet Size Height 267 mm Width 274 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk, pen, Indian ink, grey and brown wash on white cartridge paper (divided into ruled quarters)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PARIS
  • Location: In scrolls
  • Text: HELEN
  • Location: In a scroll
  • Location: In a scroll

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1547
Primary reference Number: 26138
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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