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The figure in this study is derived from the Pilgrim who is the focus of a needlework frieze, designed by Burne-Jones, illustrating Chaucer's allegory 'The Romaunt of the Rose'. The frieze was originally installed at Rounton Grange at Northallerton, but is now in the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow. Several of the frieze designs were adapted as paintings, including an unfinished picture showing the Pilgrim standing alongside the wall of the enchanted garden (Victoria and Albert Museum). This highly finished drawing is close to the details of that work, and would have served as the model from which Burne-Jones's assistant, Matthew Webb, transferred the design to canvas.

September 2004