SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies
SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies
SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies
SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies
SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies
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Property from a Canadian Private Collection

SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Property from a Canadian Private Collection

SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Canadian Private Collection


SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S.

1833-1898

Orpheus and his Lute; Eurydice Bitten by a Serpent; Orpheus and Eurydice Reunited; Orpheus Pursued by Furies


all watercolour with bodycolour, circular

each 21cm., 8¼in. diameter

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Condition Report

These four pictures are in very good condition. They have not been laid down and are cockling slightly. There are no visible stains or damages. The pictures are ready to hang.


FRAME

Contained together in a simple gilt frame with a clean mount and under glass.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Collection of Margaret Mackail, daughter of the artist;

Abbot & Holder, London, where purchased in 1951 by the grandparents of the present owner

Exhibited

Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, William Morris, 1990;

Art Gallery of Ontario, The Earthly Paradise: Arts and Crafts by William Morris and His Circle from Canadian Collections, 1994

Literature

W. Dale, The Artistic Treatment of the Exterior of the P'forte, Journal of the Society of Arts, I.V., 1906-7, p366

Catalogue Note

According to Burne-Jones’ account books, these drawings were made in 1872, seven years before Burne-Jones designed the circular roundels for the exterior of a famous piano made for his most loyal patron William Graham. Burne-Jones chose a suitably musical subject for the imagery, depicting the story of the musician Orpheus, who ventured to the Underworld to plead with Pluto and Proserpine for life to be restored to his wife Eurydice, who had been killed by a snake-bite. There are a set of ten pencil designs for the piano panels at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Of the earlier gouache designs, there are examples at Tate and in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and two more are known, Orpheus Losing Eurydice and Orpheus Encountering Sisyphus (Christie’s, London, 7 June 2001, lot 24 and 25).

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