The auctioneers at Sotheby's suggest that these Pre-Raphaelite ephemera were drawn by Burne-Jones and his friends, including William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown, after Burne-Jones had moved to Great Russell Street in 1861. The envelope in which they have been preserved bears the inscription 'Early meetings at Burne-Jones in Gt. Russell Street' and the name (in another hand) 'Lucy Falkener' (sic). Lucy Faulkner was the sister of Charles Faulkner, a contemporary of Morris and Burne-Jones at Oxford and a founding member of Morris & Co. The effect of the drawing is obtained by folding over and hiding each contributor's part to reveal finally an incongruous whole; the Surrealists were later to play such artistic games under the title of 'cadavre exquis' or 'exquisite corpse'.

  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -
Artist William Morris -
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
7 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
7 Leighton House Museum, London 2007-10-12 - 2008-01-27


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Sotheby's Sales Catalogue
1980-03-25 Sotheby's, Belgravia, London p. 4
Re-framing the Pre-Raphaelites
Stephen Wildman 1996 Scolar Press, Aldershot pp. 253-260
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 D. Giles Limited, London p. 63; repr. p. 53
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 64


Purchased from Sotheby's, 25 March 1980.

Associated people

Name Type
William Morris -
Jane Morris -
Dante Gabriel Rossetti -
Elizabeth Siddal -

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