SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A.
Pen and ink on paper
3½ x 2 ¼ inches (9 x 5.7 cm)
Initialed “E. B. J.” and Dated 1864
R. E. D. Rawlins, South Africa and England (until 1980)
Robert Simon Fine Art (1980-1998)
Private Collection, New York (1998-2017)
This self-portrait of Burne-Jones quizzically peering outward is a charming example of the informal drawings that the artist drew for his close friends. While similar caricature drawings were often included to illustrate the artist's letters (see below), this direct and humorous depiction of Burne-Jones, drawn on a separate sheet of paper, may well have been intended as a gift or memento of a meeting.