These four studies, all drawn on a single sheet of paper, were presumably executed at Oxford while Hughs and Rossetti were
at work on the Union murals. The studies include: (1) Jane Morris (before her marriage to William Morris) standing with an
open book in profile to left; (2) William Morris in profile to left, with hat in his left hand; (3) child at full–face; (4)
Jane Morris seated nearly in profile to left with her foot on a fender. Surtees asserts that figures (I), (2), and (4) recall
Caricature of William Morris Presenting a Ring to his Future Wife (
vol. 1, 226).