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Book - The Fairy Family - A Series of Ballads & Metrical Tales Illustrating the Fairy Faith of Europe

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P1616
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1857 - 1857

Maker Information

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


These images owe a debt to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, in particular the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose work Burne-Jones was beginning to explore. The drawings for 'The Fairy Family' were all executed while Burne-Jones was matriculating at Exeter College, University of Oxford, as an undergraduate in divinity. He was neither studying nor in pursuit of a professional artistic career when these illustrations were undertaken.

This edition was owned by Sydney Cockerell, whose annotations are on the inside cover of this rare copy. His notes provide an insight into Burne-Jones's unease about this publication and its illustrations, which he never officially acknowledged. This was in spite of the large number of drawings that he produced for his friend, author Archibald Maclaren, beginning in 1854.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Bound volume with frontispiece, title page and tail-piece engraved from pen and ink drawings.

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Height:185 mm
Width:130 mm