Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 24 March 1981, lot 51, where purchased by Seymour Stein
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.
This drawing has been laid down and the board is providing a flat and stable structural support. The paper is a little time stained and may benefit from being lightly cleaned. There is a very small spot of staining in the top right corner.
The drawing is contained in a simple wooden 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."