Lot 11
  • 11

Edward Burra

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
20,000 GBP
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  • Edward Burra
  • Broken Bottles
  • pencil on paper


The Artist
Billy Chappell, England, by whom gifted to a Private Collection, England
Sale, Sotheby’s London, The Estate of Edward Burra, Lady Ritchie of Dundee and Associated Owners, 3rd July 2002, lot 225
Connaught Brown, London, where acquired by the present owner


London, Hayward Gallery, Edward Burra, 1985, cat. no.76, illustrated p.108, with Arts Council tour to Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds and Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich.


Andrew Causey, Edward Burra: Complete Catalogue, Phaidon, Oxford, 1985, cat. no.D60, illustrated n.p.

Catalogue Note

Executed circa 1932-3, this drawing depicts a violent street brawl in which rioters attack one another with broken bottles, and decapitated heads are paraded on poles. The isolated hand - a favourite Surrealist motif - has parallels in other works by Burra, most notably The Hand of 1931 (Private Collection).