Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt Sketch of Two Seated Figures for ?‘The Backgammon Players’ ?c.1861

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Sketch of Two Seated Figures for ?‘The Backgammon Players’
Date ?c.1861
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 225 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
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Burne-Jones's involvement with the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company meant that several of his designs were redeployed to decorate furniture. This sketch relates to a highly finished pencil drawing of 1861 called 'The Backgammon Players' (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), in which the position of the figures is reversed. Burne-Jones repeated the subject as an oil painting on leather for the doors of a cabinet made by the Morris company (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

September 2004

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