Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt ARA (1833-1898)
Pastel on paper
13 x 11 inches
Signed with initials and inscribed '1863 to FB 1893'
The Maas Gallery, London
This drawing was given to Francis Blanche, who was Burne-Jones's housekeeper, and in whose family it has remained until now. The date of 1863 is early, for Burne-Jones exhibited a finished water-colour of the subject at the OWS in 1865 (private collection). The sitter was Augusta Jones (later Johnson), a professional model, described by Lady Burne-Jones as 'a noble looking girl'. The crystal ball remained in Burne-Jones's studio, to be used again for his portrait of Baronne Deslandes in 1896.
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