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Folly: 1231a

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: Morris and Co., from whom purchased by J.R. Holliday, July 1901, (£18)

Acquisition and important dates

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


On of the personifications of Vice designed for stained glass at Jesus College, Cambridge. Accompanied by the appropriate Virtues at the West end of the nave. Several of the cartoons are listed in the account books, dated August 1875, the year in which Burne-Jones was also working on designs for the Vices painted and carved upon the walls of Mirth's garden in the 'Romaunt of the Rose'. They show clearly the 'use of those elaborately folded and wrinkled draperies which are so characteristic of much of his later work' (Bell). These appear first in the drawing of 'Temperance', 1872-3, but were developed more fully after Burne-Jones' visit to Italy in 1873, when among other exercises, he drew after the black and white designs by artists such as Francesco di Giorgio on the Cathedral floor in Siena.

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)
Image Size Height 508 mm Width 419 mm
Stretched Size Height 671 mm Width 564 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite on paper, laid down onto linen, stretched

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Down right side
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: dress green, shot with
  • Location: Margins
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Background ----
  • Location: Margins
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Globe smoke colour / glass
  • Location: Margins, to left
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Red wings
  • Location: Margins, to right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 167
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1231a
Primary reference Number: 26617
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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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