Sunday, June 19, 2011

Edward Burne-Jones - Study of a female nude for 'Arthur in Avalon'

Price Realized £4,375

pencil, on paper
5 x 4¾ in. (12.7 x 12 cm.)

The present study is for the so-called 'hill-fairies', one male and one female group, that Burne-Jones considered painting into the lateral sections of Arthur in Avalon. Dated to circa 1885 it corresponds to an entry for that year in his autograph work-record, preserved at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: 'also I worked on Avalon, and made the designs for the Fairies in the hills of that picture'.

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