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    Sale 5134

    British & Continental Watercolours & Drawings

    11 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 720

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S. (1833-1898)

    A large child on a see-saw

    Price Realised  

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S. (1833-1898)
    A large child on a see-saw
    pencil
    8½ x 10 in. (21.6 x 25.4 cm.)


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    Burne-Jones executed comic drawings throughout his career, often for children but, as Lady Burne-Jones observed 'really for the child that was always in himself'. Many of Burne-Jones' cartoons are concerned with obesity and he drew a long series of 'fat ladies' caught in embarrassing situations, which were said to have been inspired by Lady Lindsay. However, the deterioration of his friend William Morris' health caused by his obesity provoked almost revulsion in Burne-Jones and a general concern with the tyranny of flesh over spirit.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, South Kensington, 19 May 1999, lot 450.