Monday, November 16, 2009

Georgiana Burne-Jones at the piano

Georgiana Burne-Jones at the piano

By Sir Edward Burne-Jones
with inscription 'G B-J by E B-J'
(on an old label attached to the backboard)
3¾ x 3 7/8 in. (9.5 x 9.8 cm.)

"... Georgie was a talented muscian, playing the piano well and possessing a good singing voice, with which she would render the early songs and border ballards so popular in her circle at this date. The piano she plays in our drawing is reminiscent of the small upright, made by Priestly of Berners Street in unpolished American walnut, which was given to her as a wedding present and decorated by Burne-Jones. The instrument is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum."
- from the catalogue notes

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