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Maria Zambaco - Study

Maria Zambaco - Study, 1872

Pencil on off-white paper.
249mm x 172mm
'Maria, Paris' (in Charles Fairfax Murray's handwriting)
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Rough sketch of a woman, in full face, with hair parted in the middle.


Exhibition History

1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 103.
Gisela Zick. Un Chant d'Amour zu einem Bildniss von Edward Burne-Jones in Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss. Neusser Jahrbuch: 1973. p. 28 (repro).
Eileen Cassavetti. The Fateful Meeting and Fruitful Passion. The Antique Collector: March 1989, Vol. 60, No. 3. p. 39, fig. 7.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey.Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 76, B514.

Research Information:

This drawing, most probably of Maria Zambaco due to the inscription on the reverse, may not be by Burne-Jones, but rather by his studio assistant, Charles Fairfax Murray. In 1872, Zambaco left London to stay in Paris for awhile, during which time both Burne-Jones and Murray had visited her (see letters in Harry R Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin). On a number of occasions Burne-Jones had asked Murray to make images both of and for Zambaco. This may be one of them, especially since it bears no likeness to any other drawings extant by Burne-Jones of Zambaco, neither at this time, before or after. It has been dated as 1872 because Zambaco was in Paris during the late spring through the summer, and returned to London in the autumn.