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Study of a Young Woman's Head

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Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite style, Burne-Jones presented idealized feminine beauty in his art. This work focuses on the beauty of the subject by depicting her profile against a diffused blue background. Her haunting, sensuous femininity is characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelite portrayal of...

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July 16, 1898, posthumous Burne-Jones studio sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 60, to P. and D. Colnaghi, London (stock no. 896) [see note 1]; 1905, sold by Colnaghi to Robert Walcott, Boston; gift of Robert Walcott to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 19, 1905) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file, a Colnaghi label on the reverse of the painting reads "Purchased by us on July 16, 1898 at Messrs. Christie, Manson, etc., lot 60A, sale of remaining works by Sir Edward Burne-Jones sold by order of his executors." The description of lot 60 in the catalogue reads "A study of a female head," and the lot number may therefore have been mistaken for "60A."

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Gift of Robert Walcott

about 1895


61 x 45.7 cm (24 x 18 in.)

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Oil on canvas