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Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions

Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

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Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000

Hammer Price: £8,500

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Kelmscott Press.- Design for the frontispiece to 'A Dream of John Ball', illustration of 'When Adam Delved and Eve Span...' after Edward Burne-Jones trimmed to edge and mounted on wove paper above caption and within decorative foliate border, both designed by William Morris, pen & black ink over pencil and heightened with Chinese white, c.185 x 135mm., faint letters "WH" in pencil in left hand margin, note in pencil "From the collection of Fairfax Murray" at foot of sheet, some soiling, a few small stains to margins, [cf. Peterson A6 notes], [c.1892]; and a copy of the 4pp. Ancoats Brotherhood leaflet of 1894 using the same illustration on first page (one of 250 copies, [Peterson D5], 8vo) (2)

⁂ Provenance: Purchased Sotheby's 21st/22nd June 1983 lot 247.

Charles Fairfax Murray became Edward Burne-Jones's first studio assistant in 1867, he worked for Morris & Co. during the 1870s as an artist and copyist and later for the Kelmscott Press, preparing Burne-Jones's illustrations for engraving. Murray and later R.Catterson-Smith would draw over a pale photograph of the original drawing by Burne-Jones, first in silver-point or pencil and then in ink with a fine brush, before it was transferred photographically to the woodblock for engraving by W.H.Hooper. In this case it is unclear as to whether the border and caption is the work of William Morris himself or similarly copied.

The Ancoats Brotherhood was a socialist workers' organization in Manchester founded by Charles Rowley in 1878. It provided lectures, concerts and exhibitions for the working classes and lecturers included William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Peter Kropotkin and George Bernard Shaw.

Full Lot Details

Kelmscott Press.- Design for the frontispiece to 'A Dream of John Ball', illustration of 'When Adam Delved and Eve Span...' after Edward Burne-Jones trimmed to edge and mounted on wove paper above caption and within decorative foliate border, both designed by William Morris, pen & black ink over pencil and heightened with Chinese white, c.185 x 135mm., faint letters "WH" in pencil in left hand margin, note in pencil "From the collection of Fairfax Murray" at foot of sheet, some soiling, a few small stains to margins, [cf. Peterson A6 notes], [c.1892]; and a copy of the 4pp. Ancoats Brotherhood leaflet of 1894 using the same illustration on first page (one of 250 copies, [Peterson D5], 8vo) (2)

⁂ Provenance: Purchased Sotheby's 21st/22nd June 1983 lot 247.

Charles Fairfax Murray became Edward Burne-Jones's first studio assistant in 1867, he worked for Morris & Co. during the 1870s as an artist and copyist and later for the Kelmscott Press, preparing Burne-Jones's illustrations for engraving. Murray and later R.Catterson-Smith would draw over a pale photograph of the original drawing by Burne-Jones, first in silver-point or pencil and then in ink with a fine brush, before it was transferred photographically to the woodblock for engraving by W.H.Hooper. In this case it is unclear as to whether the border and caption is the work of William Morris himself or similarly copied.

The Ancoats Brotherhood was a socialist workers' organization in Manchester founded by Charles Rowley in 1878. It provided lectures, concerts and exhibitions for the working classes and lecturers included William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Peter Kropotkin and George Bernard Shaw.