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Design for a piano: Orpheus "Across the Flames": 717

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Design for a piano: Orpheus "Across the Flames"


Burne-Jones, Edward (Draughtsman)


History note: The artist - his sale, Christie's, 18th July 1898, lot. 186

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Height: 236 mm
Width: 225 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-07) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


1879 - 1880


Made as a decoration of a grand piano, undertaken by E.B.J. for William Graham, M.P. in 1879 and finished in 1880. The two sides of the lid "were treated as separate complete panels, the inside being covered in the former year, with the nude figure of earth, surrounded by a swarm of babies... among the arabesques of the vine; and in the latter, the Poet and half length figure of Music, were painted on the outside, while the decoration was completed by ELEVEN LITTLE CIRCULAR PANELS AROUND THE SIDES REPRESENTING THE STORY OF ORPHEUS..." (M. Bell p. 80. Edward Burne Jones, A Record and Review, George Bell and Sons, 1892).

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Components of the work

Support composed of prepared paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Brown and white bodycolour and gold, on a brown prepared surface (circular design within a square)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 717
Primary reference Number: 25983
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 22 July 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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