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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

The Doom Fulfilled

Perseus frees Andromeda from her chains and waits for the sea monster to appear. The beast attempts to crush Perseus in its coils but in Burne-Jones's battle he calmly holds off the serpent and prepares to strike with his sword. Andromeda's apparent lack of concern is characteristic of Burne-Jones's female figures who often have an other-worldly beauty and detachment from their situation. The artist struggled with the composition for this painting, over-elaborating the setting and then paring it back, but wasting several weeks in the process.

Mediummixed media on paper
Dimensions1538mm x 1384mm
Acquisition NumberSOTAG : 106
Credit LinePurchased in 1934 through the Chipperfield Bequest Fund

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