7 June 2001
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S. (1833-1898)
Study establishing the disposition of the central group of figures in 'Arthur in Avalon'
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, on a prepared ground
17 x 22¾ in. (43.2 x 57.8 cm.) ; and a study of the architecture without the figures, from the studio of Burne-Jones (2)
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The doll-like figures represent King Arthur and the Queens who mourn him and play musical instruments in the centre of the compostion.
For a note on The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon, see lot 33.
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