• The Sunday Sale - The Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 5934

    The Sunday Sale - The Collection of the Late Christopher Wood

    8 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 44

    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
    inscribed '400lb' (upper right, on a weight)
    7½ x 9 5/8 in. (19 x 24.5 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, wife of Sir Coutts Lindsay, the founder of the successful Grosvenor Gallery. 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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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 19 May 1999, lot 450.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 December 2007, lot 720.