Possibly Charles Fairfax Murray; Swetzoff Gallery, Boston; Sotheby's, New York, 12-14 June 1980, lot 6a, where purchased by the present owner
This drawing was made for one the series of six stained-glass panels designed in 1866 as part of a decorative scheme by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company installed in the Green Dining Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (now one of the refreshment rooms). With no narrative content, the windows each depict a solitary woman tending flowers and dressed in white gowns decorated with golden designs. The cartoons for the windows were later worked-up into independent watercolours titled The Garland, originally framed together but now dispersed (one in the collection of the Cecil French Bequest, another sold Christie’s, 11 July 2017, lot 7 and another 4 September 2014, lot 45).
This drawing has not been laid down. there is a horizontal crease to the paper lower left (probably intrinsic to the paper and drawn over by the artist). The paper is slightly curled and stained at the edges which could be concealed by remounting. The sheet is slightly discoloured and there are a few spots of staining.
The drawing is contained in a simple wooden and gilt frame with a clean mount and under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."