Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

Sketch of Two Seated Figures for ?‘The Backgammon Players’

?c.1861

In Tate Britain
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
Reference
A00110

Display caption

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).

Gallery label, September 2004

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