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    Sale 2237

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part I

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, A.R.A. (Birmingham 1833-1898 London)

    A design for a bookplate: two infant boys holding a shield inscribed with the letter 'F'; and an impression of the woodcut bookplate

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    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, A.R.A. (Birmingham 1833-1898 London)
    A design for a bookplate: two infant boys holding a shield inscribed with the letter 'F'; and an impression of the woodcut bookplate
    inscribed 'E.Libris.Frances.Horner' (i)
    pencil
    4¾ x 3¾ in. (121 x 950 mm.)


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    Frances Horner, née Graham (1858-1940), was the daughter of a Scottish MP and collector who married the barrister John Francis Fortescue Horner in 1883. She met Burne-Jones when she was about eighteen and she became a life long friend, muse and patron of the artist. They exchanged letters almost daily and she posed for several of his paintings including as the bride in The King's Wedding and as a nymph for Perseus and the Sea Nymphs. Burne-Jones also gave her many gifts of friendship of his works of which the present work is a small but intimate example. It is one of only two ex-libris that Burne-Jones ever created.