Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Album of Illustrations for Archibald MacLaren's "The Fairy Family : a Series of Ballads & Metrical Tales Illustrating the Fairy Faith of Europe," London, 1857
London, 1854-1856
Pen and black ink, graphite, gray wash, occasional touches of watercolor; some corrections in white.
Illustrations: approx. 5 5/8 x 3 13/16 inches (144 x 96 mm); decorated words and intitials: approx. 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches (308 x 290 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch.

Watermark: none.
Contains 41 illustrations and 32 decorated words or initials, originally on 47 leaves (1 blank), bound in paper covered boards, now matted and cataloged separately as 1982.10:1-46 (73 records).
Twenty-one illustrations inscribed with portions of the text in pen and black ink or graphite.
The illustrations, executed between 1854 and 1856, are the earliest surviving drawings by the artist and include one of the 3 designs reproduced in the book.

Given by the artist to Archibald MacLaren, and thence by descent; sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1981, lot 27, repr.
Associated names: 

Maclaren, Archibald, 1755-1826, former owner.
Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), donor.
Maclaren, Archibald, 1819-1884. Fairy family.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 242-243.
Georgiana Burne-Jones, Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones, I, London, 1904, 100, 120, 135-136.
John Christian, "Burne-Jones Studies, I: Burne-Jones's Drawings for 'The Fairy Family,'" Burlington Magazine, cxv, no. 839, February 1973, 16, figs. 15-22.
M. Harrison and W. Waters, Burne-Jones, London, 1973, 16, figs. 15-22.
Burne-Jones, Hayward Gallery, London, and elsewhere, 1975, no. 9, repr.