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Edward Burra (1905-1976)

The Tomb

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Edward Burra (1905-1976)
The Tomb
signed 'E.J. Burra' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour
52½ x 31¼ in. (133.4 x 79.3 cm.)
Executed in 1962-63.
Provenance
with Lefevre Gallery, London.
Works from the Estate of Edward Burra, Lady Ritchie of Dundee and Associated Owners; Sotheby's, 3 July 2002, lot 297.
Literature
A. Causey, Edward Burra Complete Catalogue, Oxford, 1985, no. 294, illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Lefevre Gallery, Watercolours by Edward Burra, April-May 1963, no. 13.
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Lot Essay

Painted in 1962-3 The Tomb shares similar subject matter to other Burra works of this period, for example The Fountain and The Gateway in which Burra has depicted figurative statuary. Burra's love for the unusual and macabre is apparent in these works as the figures seem almost lifelike but trapped within the lifeless stone and he has included a skull above the arch.
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