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'The M's at Ems': William Morris reading volume two of seven of the Earthly Paradise to Jane Morris, while she is sitting in a bath and drinking the second of seven glasses of a spa water lined up in front. 1869
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 113 millimetres
Width: 179 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lifted from an album of caricatures by Rossetti and Burne-Jones (with some anonymous), mostly of William Morris, c.1865-80. For the album, see John Christian, 'Edward Burne-Jones: the Hidden Humourist', BMP, 2011.
The following is the catalogue entry for this drawing by JA Gere, 'Pre-Raphaelite drawings in the British Museum', 1994, pp.152-153:
In the summer of 1869 concern for his wife's health led Morris to take her to try a 'cure' at the south German spa of Ems. Rossetti's drawing was enclosed in a letter of 21 July 1869 (Bryson and Troxell, letter 5) addressed to her in Cologne, en route for Ems, with the comment: "The accompanying cartoon will prepare you for the worst. - which ever that may be, the seven tumblers or the 7 volumes [of 'The Earthly Paradise', which Morris is reading to her]".
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1975/6 Nov-Jan, London, Hayward Gallery, 'Burne-Jones', no. 355
1976 Jan-Feb, Southampton AG, 'Burne-Jones', no. 355
1976 Mar-April, Birmingham Museum & AG, 'Burne-Jones', no. 355
1994/5 Sep-Jan, BM, 'Pre-Raphaelite Drawings', no. 26
1996 May-Sep, London, V&A, 'William Morris', no. A.18a
1997 Mar-May, Kyoto, Nat Mus Mod Art, W Morris
1997 May-July, Tokyo, Nat Mus Mod Art, W Morris
1997 July-Aug, Nagoya, Aichi Pref Mus, W Morris
2009/10 Oct-Feb, Stuttgart, Stattsgalerie, Edward Burne-Jones ...
2010 Mar-July, Bern, Kunstmuseum, Edward Burne-Jone ...
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- Acquisition notes
- See J A Gere, p.46 under no.25, for details of the acquisition, and Hind's report to the Trustees 5 May 1939. 'In view of the wish of the late Miss May Morris from whom thet drawings came to the donor, Mr Steele wishes every possible restriction to be placed on their reproduction without the written consent of the heirs of the respective artists.'
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