Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones | Head of a Sleeping Courtier

STUDIO OF SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES
British, 1833–1898

Head of a Sleeping Courtier

Watercolor on tan paper heightened with white
12 x 11½ inches (30.5 x 29.7 cm)
Framed: 20 x 19 inches (50.8 x 48.2 cm)

This is a study for the sleeping courtier to the left of the king in The Council Chamber, the second of the Briar Rose series at Buscot Park, Faringdon. It was made at the artist's direction by an assistant in his studio in preparation for that assistant to make an underdrawing on a canvas of the final work for Burne-Jones to take over and complete.

Provenance
Russell Niven, Bilton
Garick Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Sale, Christie's, New York, 7 January, 1981, lot 267, illustrated

Literature
cf. Martin Harrison and Bill Waters, Burne-Jones, London, 1973, fig, 43A, for illustration of The Council Chamber

$1,800

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