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SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Study for the Slave in The Wheel of Fortune

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Sir Edward Burne-Jones A.R.A., and assistants
  • Study for the Slave in The Wheel of Fortune
  • pencil
  • 26 by 13cm., 10¼ by 5¼in.


Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 24 March 1981, lot 51, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Catalogue Note

This is one of the most complete studies for the figure of the slave in Burne-Jones’ masterpiece The Wheel of Fortune of 1877-83 (Musee d’Orsay, Paris). The pose derived from Michelangelo’s The Dying Slave and The Rebellious Slave (Louvre, Paris) and Captives (Accademia, Florence). It has been suggested that the model was Antonio Corsi, a popular professional model celebrated for his muscular physique and ability to hold a difficult pose for a sustained period.