Sunday, June 19, 2011

Edward Burne-Jones - An illustration to 'The Golden Legend'

Price Realized £13,750

pencil, black and white chalk, within the artist's frame-lines, on buff paper
8½ x 5¾ in. (21.5 x 14.5 cm.)

A large quarto edition of William Caxton's translation of Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend was printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press in 1892. Burne-Jones made two illustrations, one showing souls being welcomed into heaven by angels, the other the Expulsion from Eden. The present drawing is a version of the former design, replaced in the book by a simpler and more telling treatment.

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