The present lot appears to relate to a cartoon depicting a vision of Divine Love from Dante Alghieri's Divine Comedy, interpreted by Burne-Jones as an angel guarding humanity. Inspired by the line 'L'mour che muove il sole e l'altre stelle' ('The love that moves the sun and other stars'), the subject was the motivation for a collaborative project between Burne-Jones and Frances Horner neé Graham (1858-1940) who worked Burne-Jones' designs into a needlework panel at Mells Church, Somerset, between the years 1880 and 1883.
Horner met Burne-Jones when she was just 18 years of age. Daughter of the prosperous merchant William Graham, she was an important patron of Burne-Jones and a talented needlework artist in her own right. Horner and Burne-Jones worked together for a number of years and L'mour che muove is widely regarded as their most significant project together. A gouache cartoon of the subject is in the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (inventory E838-1973).