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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S.
STUDY OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER MARGARET, FOR KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID
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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S.
STUDY OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER MARGARET, FOR KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID
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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S.
1833-1898
STUDY OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER MARGARET, FOR KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID
inscribed l.r.: pink everywhere - eyes light + blue/ bluey shadows
black, white and red chalks with pencil
45 by 30cm., 17¾ by 11¾in.
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Provenance

The artist's widow Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones;
Sotheby's, London, 14 February 1978, lot 43;
Private collection;
Maas Gallery, London 1998, where purchased by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Drawings and Studies by Sir Edward Burne-Jones Bart., 1899 no.183 as 'Miss Margaret Burne-Jones in chalk on red ground, life size, full face’ lent by Lady Burne-Jones;
London, Maas Gallery, British Pictures 1840-1940, 1998, no.33

Catalogue Note

There are several versions of King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, the most famous of the finished versions was first exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1884 (Tate). Many studies were made for the compositions and, based upon the style of the present drawing, it probably dates from the 1870s or early 1880s when the large oil painting was in progress. The model was Burne-Jones’ beloved daughter Margaret who posed for many of the artist’s most celebrated pictures. Her presence in his art often brought a melancholic beauty to his pictures as Burne-Jones tried to come to terms with his daughter growing up and sought to preserve her youth and innocence in his depictions of her.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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