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Angeli Ministrantes (Salisbury Cathedral): 699.1

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Current Location: In storage


Angeli Ministrantes (Salisbury Cathedral)


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: The artist; W. Rossiter, 1891; Messrs. Agnew, 1909; C. Fairfax Murray, 1910. The cartoon appeared, along with Angeli Laudantes, but from different sources, in a sale at Christie's, 3 April 1909 (bought Agnews)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


In Burne-Jones' account book, entered between March and August 1878, are '4 colossal and / sublime figures / of Angels £20 ea,' with 'Salisbury Cathedral' marked in the margin. The designs were apparently used for glass in the south choir aisle at Salisbury, and also for tapestries made by Morris and Co. at Merton Abbey. One version of 'Angeli Laudantes', woven in coloured wools and silks on cotton warps, 240 x 204cm., was purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1898, and both designs were adapted for the upper sections of two tapestries woven 1904-5 for the East End of Eton College Chapel, as part of a war memorial. Another version of one of the tapestries belongs to Charles Handley-Read (information via Mr John Gordon-Christian, 1971). The present drawing, along with No. 699.2, is finished with coloured chalks to a degree which would be surprising in a working cartoon for stained glass. Nor have lines been drawn in to indicated the position of the leads. This suggests that it may have had more to do with the execution of the tapestries, and that it was also intended to stand as an independent work of art. As such it was made, by Burne-Jones himself, into a memorial gift.

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Materials used in production

Coloured chalks

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Frame Depth 55 mm Height 2268 mm Width 1654 mm
Paper Height 2123 mm Width 1505 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Coloured chalks on paper, stretched over a canvas-covered frame

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in Lady Burne-Jones's hand

  • Text: Design made for a window / in Salisbury Cathedral / by E. Burne-Jones / December 6th 1887 (or 9) / Lent to the South London Free Li / brary for 3 months, by Mr Burne-Jones
  • Location: Frame, verso
  • Method of creation: MS label

Inscription present: the above follows a biographical note about Elizabeth Rossiter; the '6' crossed out and the '3' added in graphite - this is page 16 of a catalogue of the South London Fine Art Gallery, Founded 1868, the new gallery opened 1891

  • Text: No. 376 is a memorial drawing, the gift of Mr Burne-Jones
  • Location: Backboard
  • Method of creation: Catalogue extract

Inscription present: the above is accompanied by a numerical list of paintings, nos. 364 to 389 - it is page 11 of the same catalogue

  • Text: No. 373 Ministering Angels W. ROSSITER Sir E. Burne-Jones / The gift of Sir Edward in memory of Elizabeth Rossiter
  • Location: Backboard
  • Method of creation: Catalogue extract

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 699.1
Primary reference Number: 26654
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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