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Stained Glass Design - The Tiburtine Sibyl

Stained Glass Design - The Tiburtine Sibyl, 1875

Pencil, black chalk and pastel, heightened with gold paint.
1116mm x 453mm
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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Full-length figure, draped around head in a lion's skin. In the top right there is a representation of the Virgin and Child.


Exhibition History

1881 Grosvenor Gallery
1975-76 Hayward Gallery, London; Southampton City Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
1980 Fitzwilliam Museum
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
1995 Seattle Art Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
1998-99 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Musee d'Orsay, Paris


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 143.
A Charles Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. I: fig. 438; Vol. II: pp. 43-44.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey. Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 89, B972.

Research Information:

One of a series of sibyls designed for windows in Jesus College Cambridge, to flank each of the four evangelists. For the St Luke Window, there is the Delphic Sibyl (in oil and watercolour cartoons, labelled as the Cumaean Sibyl, private collection and Fogg Art Museum, respectively). Morris & Co switched the Cumaean and Delphic Sibyls in the stained glass versions. See below, St Matthew window) and the Cimmerian Sibyl (watercolour version is in Tate, London NO3427).

A larger watercolour of the Tiburtine Sibyl was executed in 1877, now in a Private Collection.