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Sketchbook: 1991A

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




Coverboards covered with white linen. Off-white paper. Collocation: each leaf is separately taped to the binding. Tape on leaf 15 is almost totally severed. There are 39 ff. Leaves 1 (originally attached to blue inside binding tape) 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 32 are missing.


History note: Sold lot number 98 (Sotheby's?) (from Sir Philip Burne-Jones Collection, after his death, 21 June 1926?); Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


The numeration of the leaves in the Burne-Jones manuscript list is in odd order, but the numbers are not all consecutive; therefore it is difficult to know which of the missing leaves in the sketch book correspond to the missing sketches which according to the manuscript list are as follows: Head for Sea nymph in 2. P---------1. Head for Sea nymph in 2. P---------3. Perseus in first picture. P. ------------5. Useless studies for Perseus in 2. P.---7. 9. Sketch for Sea nymphs ---------------11. Same ------------13. (there is no number '15') (there is no number '25') Athene first pic. P -----------------------27. Margaret Benson ------------------------29. Sketch for Margaret Benson--------33. Various sketches from same. ------35---------45. Perseus in first picture. P-------------49. Study of a head --------------------------59. Studies of Fortitude ---------------------67, 69.

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Components of the work

Coverboard Depth 40 mm Height 275 mm Width 204 mm
Sheet Size Height 268 mm Width 175 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: VI
  • Location: Coverboard, top, left of centre
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 50
  • Location: Coverboard, upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite MS label
  • Location: Inside front cover, upper centre
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 9 8/1
  • Location: Inside front cover, upper left
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 52 Pages of / Studies
  • Location: Inside front cover, upper centre
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Location: Inside front cover, centre
  • Method of creation: Printed label

Inscription present: the '98' encircled and to the left is the notation: NW/-/-

  • Text: Sir Ed. Burne-Jones, BT. 98 A sketch book, dated 1877, containing numerous studies in pencil for the artist's pictures, e.g., Arming of Perseus, Wheel of Fortune, Feast of peleus, etc. Black chalk size of leaves 10 1/2 in. by 7in.
  • Location: Inside front cover, below centre
  • Method of creation: Catalogue cutting (?)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1991A
Primary reference Number: 26811
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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