View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Graphite on paper
- Support: 146 x 149 mm
- Presented by Lord Duveen 1925
Burne-Jones first planned a painting called 'The Hours' in the mid-1860s, but it was not until 1882 that he completed the picture now in Sheffield City Art Gallery, his second attempt at the idea. The painting shows six seated women related to one another by the colour of their gowns, which encompass the gradations of daylight from dawn until dusk. The study of a sleeping head is for the sixth and last figure on the extreme right of the group.
Gallery label, September 2004