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Drapery study for Nimue in 'Merlin and Nimue': 1993

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Drapery study for Nimue in 'Merlin and Nimue'


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: Christie's Sale, 5th June 1919 (37?), bought Ricketts and Shannon

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 328 mm
Width: 157 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


A study for the drapery of Nimue or Vivien in 'Merlin and Vivien' (1870-74) at the Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight. This is very similar to the studies in the sketchbook No. 962, and clearly illustrates Burne-Jones' use of the antique technique of wetting the drapery so that it clings to the contours of the model.

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of cartridge paper

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EBJ
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1872
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Study for NIMUE in the picture of MERLIN.
  • Location: Lower right

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1993
Primary reference Number: 26142
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 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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