Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

The Magic Circle

c.1882

Medium
Gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 373 x 360 mm
frame: 605 x 571 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919
Reference
N03455

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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