School of Art
Drawings and Water Colours / WD54
Seraph (Study for 'Chant D'Amour' in New York)
Red chalk on cream laid paper
340 x 235 mm.
Bequest: George Powell 1882
This chalk drawing and 'Woman's Head' (WD53) were recorded in the Powell inventory as being commissioned from the artist directly by Powell. This however seems doubtful as they appear to be studies for 'La Chant D'Amour', a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Georgiana Burne-Jones wrote to Powell on behalf of her husband to acknowledge receipt of payment which Powell appears to have made in person at The Grange, their house in Fulham; '...we ought to have acknowledged its receipt before, but have been so unsettled that nothing has been done in order lately - the house has been devastated by workmen'. Burne-Jones also wrote to George Powell suggesting that this drawing and 'Female Head' would look their best in a 'simple narrow oak frame round the mount'
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Study of a mythological figure, a seraph. Full-length nude, young male seraph who kneels on his left knee and holds the bellows of an organ between his right forearm and raised right thigh. He turns his head to his left and closes his eyes. Drapery is blown behind his head. On the left are the pipes of the organ. Tonal drawing. Some foxing