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Design for a piano: Orpheus leading Eurydice from Hades: 718

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Titles

Design for a piano: Orpheus leading Eurydice from Hades

Maker(s)

Burne-Jones, Edward (Draughtsman)

Notes

History note: The artist - his sale, Christie's, 18th July 1898, lot. 187

Measurements and weight

Height: 252 mm
Width: 244 mm

Relative size of this object

24.4 m25.2 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

1879 - 1880

Note

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).

School or Style

British

Materials used in production

Bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of prepared paper

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 718
Primary reference Number: 25985
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 9 August 2021 Last processed: Monday 9 August 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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