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Pencil Drawing - Caricature - Composite Drawing of a Stunner / A Victorian Woman in her Underwear

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1980P37
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1861 - 1863

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Artist:Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown
Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Artist:William Morris - View biography for William Morris


The auctioneers at Sotheby's suggest that these Pre-Raphaelite ephemera were drawn by Burne-Jones and his friends, including William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown, after Burne-Jones had moved to Great Russell Street in 1861. The envelope in which they have been preserved bears the inscription 'Early meetings at Burne-Jones in Gt. Russell Street' and the name (in another hand) 'Lucy Falkener' (sic). Lucy Faulkner was the sister of Charles Faulkner, a contemporary of Morris and Burne-Jones at Oxford and a founding member of Morris & Co. The effect of the drawing is obtained by folding over and hiding each contributor's part to reveal finally an incongruous whole; the Surrealists were later to play such artistic games under the title of 'cadavre exquis' or 'exquisite corpse'.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on paper.

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Height:212 mm
Width:90 mm