SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S.
STUDY FOR THE HEAD OF HOPE
black, red and white chalk on red paper
32 by 28cm., 12½ by 11in.
The paper is flat in the mount and there are no serious condition issues. There is a small area of very minor staining in the lower centre (below the throat) but this is only visible upon very close inspection. Unexamined out of the frame.
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Arthur Crossland, Heaton Manor, Frinzinghall, Bradford;
Maas Gallery, London;
Thomas William Fine Art, London
London, Maas Gallery, Pre-Raphaelites to Post-Impressionists, 1965, no.9;
New York, Shepherd Gallery, English Romantic Art 1840-1920, Pre-Raphaelites, Academics, Symbolists - Drawings, Watercolours, Graphics, Paintings, 1994, no.16
This drawing is a study for the head of the allegorical figure of Hope, painted in 1896 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). This composition, in which a girl is seen standing in a prison cell, chained by the ankles but reaching up to the sky which has miraculously penetrated the heavily barred window, was conceived in 1871 for a stained-glass window in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. A watercolour version (Dunedin Art Gallery, New Zealand), followed, being one of four pictures of the Virtues which Burne-Jones showed at the inaugural exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877. There is also a related watercolour entitled If Hope Were Not, Heart Should Break (sold in these rooms, 14 July 2016, lot 16).