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Watercolour - The Backgammon Players

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1923P146
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1861 - 1862

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Notes

The female figure has previously been identified as Jane Morris, but seems more likely to be modelled on Fanny Cornforth (1835-1905), of whom there is a pencil drawing ascribed to this date in which she is wearing an identical flowing dress.

The painting reflects the relaxed atmosphere at the Red House, home of the Morrises, described by Georgiana Burne-Jones as 'more a poem than a house'. This scene became the subject of 'The Backgammon Players Cabinet' executed by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in 1862 and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Presented by Lady Holder in memory of Sir John Holder, 1923.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Aesthetic Backgammon
Medium:Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, laid down on canvas.
Material(s):Paper

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Dimensions

Height:222 mm
Width:350 mm