Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
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