Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Head of a Man. Verso: Two Standing Female Nudes.
Graphite on wove paper; verso graphite on wove paper.
10 9/16 x 5 15/16 inches (268 x 150 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.


Inscribed on recto at lower right, in graphite, "31.10" and "10".

J.S. Maas & Co., Ltd., London; from whom acquired in November 1961 by Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A0211)

This fine portrait study is stylistically similar to the artist's well-known portrait of the Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), ca. 1890, in the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw (Wood 1907, pl. XLV). Two additional studies made by Burne-Jones for his Holy Grail tapestries, both dating 1893, are also stylistic akin to this sheet (Wood 1907, pls. XXI and XXII). In the McCrindle sheet, Burne-Jones delicately portrays the figure in a three-quarter view, donning a toque-shaped cap reminiscent of the red bereta commonly seen Italian Renaissance portraits. Works cited: T. Martin Wood, Drawings of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (London: George Newnes Ltd; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907).

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.