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Portrait of a Young Girl

Artist:
Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
Date:
1866–80
Medium:
Graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
Accession Number:
2007.49.650
Not on view
The subject of this ethereal portrait drawing has not been definitively identified, but her soulful eyes and sensual mouth resemble those of Maria Cassavaetti Zambaco, a British artist of Greek descent with whom Burne-Jones had a passionate, then tortured, affair between 1866 and 1869. After their association ended, the artist used her features to represent temptresses such as Nimue and Phyllis in thematic paintings.
Inscription: Former inscriptions: "6445/1" "WLE 351" "EL 72.122"
William S. Lieberman (American, Paris 1923–2005 New York); Donor: William S. Lieberman Donor: Estate of William S. Lieberman
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