Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Edward Burne-Jones - Studies of heads for The Garden Court for 'The Briar Rose' series
signed with initials and dated 'EBJ. 1887' (lower left)
black and white chalk on brown paper
15¼ x 11 in. (38.8 x 28 cm.)
The Garden Court, one of the four large paintings collectively known as The Briar Rose series. Their exhibition at Agnew's in 1890 was an enormous success, and effectively marked the climax of Burne-Jones's career. They were bought by Alexander Henderson, later first Baron Faringdon, and installed at his country house, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, where they remain.