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

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

Study of a female Nude

with inscription and dated on the reverse '2nd Pygmalion Picture 1875'; pencil
9¾ x 7in. (248 x 178mm.)

Lot Essay

A study for the statue (Galatea) in The Hand Refrains, the second in the 'Pygmalion' series. Based on designs made for William Morris's Earthly Paradise in 1867, the painting exists in two versions, the well-known large set in the Birmingham City Art Gallery, which were exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1879, and a smaller set, dated 1868-70, in a private collection.

There are differences between the study and the figure as it appears in the painting. In the painting the head is at a different angle and the forms of the body generally are smoothed and refined

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