T03313 DECORATIVE DESIGN: SUN RIPENING CORN c.
Watercolour with gold leaf on prepared paper, 9 3/4 × 7 (25 × 17.9)
Purchased (out of the Abbot Bequest and Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Prov: Given by the artist to Helen Mary Gaskell; by descent until sold, from 'the Gaskell Family collection of works by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’, Sotheby's Belgravia 23 March 1981 (46, repr.), bt Christopher Wood Gallery, whence purchased November 1981.
Exh: Pre-Raphaelites and Academics, Christopher Wood Gallery, 13 October–6 November 1981 (21, repr.).
This is characteristic of the decorative designs which Burne-Jones executed in the last decade of his life. He gave it to his friend and confidante Helen Mary Gaskell; for her friendship with Burne-Jones during the last twenty years of the artist's life, see Penelope Fitzgerald, Edward Burne-Jones, 1975, chapter 16 (pp.238–250), passim. The sale in 1981 of works by Burne-Jones from the Gaskell family collection included a pencil portrait of Helen Mary Gaskell (36, repr., also repr.in Fitzgerald, op.cit., facing p.241).
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984