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“I rose up in the silent night; I made my dagger sharp and bright”

Edward Burne-Jonesc. 1859-1860

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

This drawing illustrates a stanza from a short poem of 1833 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, entitled "The Sisters." The medieval costumes and interior setting reflect the pre-Raphaelite taste for art of that period and enhance the intense emotion of the poet's Gothic tale.

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  • Title: “I rose up in the silent night; I made my dagger sharp and bright”
  • Date Created: c. 1859-1860
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 5 x 5 3/4 inches (12.7 x 14.6 cm)
  • Provenance: Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1991
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Pen and black ink with scratching out over graphite on wove paper
  • Artist/Maker: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, English, 1833 - 1898

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