Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

The Finding of Moses

1879

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 647 x 518 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
Reference
A00073

Display caption

Burne-Jones designed this scene and no.67 for a window in All Hallows Church, Allerton, a commission for which he received ¿12 for each cartoon. With two other Biblical subjects, they act as predellas (small panels below the main picture) to the larger representation of four female figures: Miriam, Ruth, Esther and the Virgin Mary. Each scene is related to the figure above it. In 'The Finding of Moses', Miriam is depicted observing the discovery of her brother in the bulrushes by the Egyptian princess.

Gallery label, August 2004