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Design for illustration to Morris' 'Earthly Paradise - Atalanta's Race': 1238

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Design for illustration to Morris' 'Earthly Paradise - Atalanta's Race'


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward



Measurements and weight

Height: 126 mm
Width: 170 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927-08) by Holliday, J. R.


Production date: circa AD 1867


The scene depicted is one of Atalanta's victories; she is just reaching the finishing line, watched by rows of spectators, while her competitor raiese his hands in despair. In the foreground Milanion (?) with staff and hounds, watches the race. For the poem 'Atalanta's Race', one of the stories in Morris' 'Earthly Paradise'. This is probably one of the later designs, since the composition is relatively sophisticated, and may date from 1867 or 1868.

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of tracing paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite on tracing paper

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: 1238
Primary reference Number: 26590
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 September 2019 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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