Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt The Magic Circle c.1882

Artwork details

Title
The Magic Circle
Date c.1882
Medium Gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 373 x 360 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919
Reference
N03455

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This subject is typical of Burne-Jones' interest in medieval tales of witchcraft and sorcery. It is unlikely, however, that it is based on an identifiable literary text. Instead, the image creates a sense of expectancy and mystery.
Stylistically the rich, dry textures of this gouache painting resemble a series of watercolours begun in 1882, in which Burne-Jones sought visual images for the names of flowers.

September 2004

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