Lady (Georgiana) Burne-Jones (1840-1920)
Found drowned
signed with monogram 'GM' (lower left)
pencil, pen and black ink on paper
5 5/8 x 7 in. (14.3 x 17.8 cm.)
The artist, by whom given to her daughter,
Margaret Mackail (1866-1953), and by descent to her daughter,
Angela Margaret Thirkell (née Mackail) (1890-1966), and by descent to her son,
Graham Campbell McInnes (1912-1970), by whom given to his daughter, and by descent.
Sale room notice
Please note that this lot is signed with monogram 'GM' (lower left). We are grateful to Dr Jan Marsh for dating it to 1859, which Georgiana was part of a class of young women taught by Ford Madox Brown.

The National Portrait Gallery, London, have requested to loan the drawing for the forthcoming PRE-RAPHAELITE SISTERS exhibition, October 2019 - January 2020.

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Lot Essay

Primarily known as her husband's biographer, Georgiana Burne-Jones was an artist in her own right. Taking lessons from Ford Madox Brown she painted tiles for Morris & Co. and made wood cuts, for which this highly-detailed drawing may have been intended. This work follows other contemporary illustrations of the same subject, notably George Frederic Watts' Found Drowned (1848-50, Watts Gallery), Augustus Leopold Egg's Past and Present, No. 3 (1858, Tate), Simeon Solomon's I am Starving (1857, National Gallery of Art, Washington), and Abraham Solomon's Drowned! Drowned! (1860, location unknown).

We are grateful to Colin Cruise for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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