Study of a Baby for the Infant Christ; for "The Star of Bethlehem"
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt ARA (1833-1898)
Red and white chalk on washed paper
8 1/2 x 17 inches, 43 x 21.5 centimetres.
"The Star of Bethlehem represents the Adoration of the Magi. The subject was designed as a tapestry in 1887 and woven in 1890 by Morris and Company for the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, Morris's and Burne-Jones's old college. In 1888 Burne-Jones was also commissioned to produce a large watercolour version of the subject for the New Art Gallery of his native city, Birmingham. This was completed in 1891" (Waters, p. 60).
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