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Finding Aid for the Edward Burne-Jones Letters to Violet Maxse 1892-1897
MS.2010.010  
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Box 1, Pages 1-18

Clippings and published images of suffragists and "advanced women," [ca. 1892-1895]

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper and periodical illustrations and photographs of suffragists and what VM and EBJ called "advanced women." Multiple pages also have portions of EBJ's stationary pasted down next to clippings.
Box 1, Item L-1, pp. 19-20

Letter from Georgiana Burne-Jones with newspaper clipping enclosure, [1892]

Scope and Content Note

Holograph note by VM above letter: "This letter came with the cutting on opposite page." Clipping caption: "One Woman One Vote: Sketches at the Women's Suffrage Meeting at St. James's Hall."
Box 2, Item S-37, L-42, p. 45

Letter with self-portrait, [March 1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated March 1893 in My Picture Gallery, pp. 36-37. Written on VM's departure for Paris and offering his serious opinion on her artwork, should she ever request it. Signed with a sad-looking self-portrait of himself with a palette and paints; this drawing is printed on p. 37 of My Picture Gallery.
Box 2, Item S-38-39, L-43, p. 45

Letter in pencil with two self portraits, [April 1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Written while ill with influenza and both self portraits are of him sick in bed. Described on p. 36 of My Picture Gallery.
Box 2, Item S-40-42, L-44-45, p. 47

Letter with drawings, [1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Written to her during her time in Paris. Discusses his low spirits, going to a play with "Mrs. Gaskell and Amy" and "Love in the Ruins."
Box 1, Item L-9, S-2, pp. 29-30

Letter from EBJ with original envelope, 29 September 1893

Scope and Content Note

Written from bed when EBJ was ill. Talks about the Kelmscott Press Chaucer and about his destroyed watercolor "Love in the ruins." Printed in My Picture Gallery, p. 43.
Box 1, Item L-6, p. 26

Letter from EBJ, [October 1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 2, Item S-48, L-51, p. 57

Letter with drawing of Olive, [ca. Fall 1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM (or another party) as 1895 in album, but dated as 1893 in My Picture Gallery, p. 46. Drawing of Olive riding a rocking horse, and note about meeting her in Battersea Park. The drawing of Olive is printed on p. 45 of My Picture Gallery.
Box 1, Item L-7, p. 27

Letter from EBJ, [1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Mentions social plans with Henry James.
Box 1, Item L-8, p. 28

Letter from EBJ, [1893]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-2, pp. 21-22

Letter from EBJ with newspaper clipping enclosures, [1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated 1894 by VM. Written from "Rottingdean, nr. Brighton" with 6 newspaper portraits of "advanced women."
Box 1, Item L-14, p. 34

Letter from EBJ, [ca. January 1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Mentions "Love in the ruins" and the story of the lady who married "Art." Printed in My Picture Gallery, p. 47, where she dates it to her time in Paris.
Box 1, Item L-12, p. 33

Letter from EBJ, [January 1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Mentions the Kelmscott Chaucer and "Love in the ruins."
Box 1, Item L-13, p. 34

Letter from Georgiana Burne-Jones, 22 January 1894

Scope and Content Note

Mentions work taking place in EBJ's studio and quotes from some of William Morris' Icelandic proverbs.
Box 1, Item L-11, p. 32

Letter from EBJ, [February 1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-16, p. 35

Letter from EBJ, [February 1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-10, S-3, p. 31

Letter from EBJ, [1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM as 1893, but more likely from 1894, as she did not become engaged until March of that year. Discusses her marriage, contrasts his appearance with his son Phil's appearance (illustrated with some small sketches) and says "you shall have a drawing one day less silly."
Box 2, Item S-15, p. 19

Pencil drawing of EBJ hanging from a beam, [ca. April 1894]

Scope and Content Note

Caption by VM: I had missed an appt. This came by the next post." Caption by EBJ: "Farewell - may you be happy!"
Box 2, Item S-16, p. 21

Pencil drawing of EBJ's grave on "unconsecrated ground," April 1894

Scope and Content Note

On Rottingdean stationary with a fake funeral border painted in ink. With the heading by EBJ: "Unconsecrated ground, April 1894." Captioned by VM: "and this in the following post."
Box 1, Item L-5, S-1, p. 25

Letter from EBJ with drawings, June 1894

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Letter concerning her impending marriage, containing little sketches throughout.
Box 1, Item L-3, p. 23

Letter from EBJ 17 June 1894

Scope and Content Note

Letter begins, "Isn't tomorrow your pretty wedding day?"
Box 2, Item S-12-14, L-36, p. 17

Letter from EBJ with drawings and enclosure, [1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Letter concerning a social visit. With a self-portrait of EBJ in an armchair and an imitation of a child's drawing, with the caption "Draw me pictures in your letter. I love pictures from this [image] upwards to Michael Angelo." A loose enclosure of a crest with the letter "C" on it and the note, "bless her."
Box 2, Item S-43, L-46, p. 49

Letter with drawing, [1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Drawing of men snoozing and reading papers at a club. Discusses destroyed "Love in the ruins" watercolor.
Box 2, Item S-44-45, L-47 p. 51

Letter with self portrait and drawing, [1894]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Drawing of Phil as an imp in the country and self-portrait of EBJ looking sorrowful in a corner.
Box 2, Item S-11, p. 15

Ink drawing of the Last Supper tattooed on the back of Emma Frank, The American Tattooed Lady, [1894]

Box 1, Item L-25, p. 40

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Includes, "I was going to write to you - to send you a sympathetic howl about the loss of a friend whom I know you will miss..." This probably refers to the death of VM's great friend Lord Pembroke in Spring 1895.
Box 1, Item L-4, p. 24

Note from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Note reads: "Another examination question - you ask people 'who is this?' & then you unfold the paper & they are surprised." The "paper" in question covers the name of Miss Emily Faithful, whose newspaper portrait looks not unlike Oscar Wilde.
Box 1, Item L-15, p. 35

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-17, p. 36

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-18, p. 36

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-19, p. 37

Note from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Reads: "Please Friday aft. for your exped'n to see Morris & the printing press."
Box 1, Item L-20, p. 37

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-21, p. 38

Letter from EBJ, [1895?]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-22, p. 38

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-23, p. 39

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Making plans for lunch.
Box 1, Item L-24, p. 39

Letter from EBJ, [1895?]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-26, p., 40

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. About VM coming to visit.
Box 1, Item L-29, p. 42

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Mentions VM's sister Olive.
Box 1, Item L-30, p. 42

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Apologizes for lateness in responding to letters.
Box 2, Item S-35, p. 43

Ink drawing of a man sleeping at his club, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. With a caption by VM: "In a man's club."
Box 2, Item S-46, L-48, p. 53

Letter with horse drawings, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. About William Morris's illness.
Box 2, Item L-49, p. 55

Letter from EBJ, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Possibly incomplete and related to L-50. Contains many translation jokes to be shared with VM's husband, Lord Edward Cecil.
Box 2, Item S-47, L-50, p. 55

Letter with self-portrait, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Possibly incomplete and related to L-49.
Box 2, Item S-49, L-52, p. 57

Letter with self-portrait, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Discusses a letter from Olive. Self-portrait of EBJ with a palette and brush.
Box 2, Item S-50, L-53, p. 59

Letter with drawing, [1895]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Discusses social plans. Drawing of a smiling baby instead of a signature.
Box 2, Item S-32-34, L-41, p. 39

Letter with 3 drawings, undated [bef. October 1896]

Scope and Content Note

Letter regarding plans to go to Kelmscott house. Includes a self-portrait of EBJ looking forlorn, a fat lady, and a caricature of his face with a long beard in place of a signature.
Box 1, Item L-27, p. 41

Letter from EBJ, [ca. October 1896]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. On the death of William Morris in October 1896.
Box 1, Item L-28, p. 41

Letter from EBJ, [1896]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Discusses how he has "been in the dumps" because of friend's illnesses and deaths, as well as his own anxieties.
Box 1, Item L-31, p. 43

Letter from EBJ, [1896]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM.
Box 1, Item L-32, p. 44

Letter from EBJ, [1896?]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Making plans for a visit.
Box 1, Item L-33, p. 44

Letter from EBJ, [1896]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Mentions seeing VM's mother and sister, and puts off a visit with VM until she is "stronger."
Box 1, Item L-34, p. 45

Letter from EBJ, [1896]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. About VM canceling a planned visit.
Box 1, Item L-35, p. 46

Letter from EBJ, [1897]

Scope and Content Note

Dated by VM. Postponing a date, and apologizing for talking about Cecil Rhodes.
Box 2, Item S-4, p. 1

Drawing of lobsters and a crab, undated

Box 2, Item S-5

Octopus sketches, undated

Box 2, Item S-6, p. 5

Fat lady drawing in pencil, undated

Box 2, Item S-7, p. 7

Phil as an imp, undated

Box 2, Item S-8, p. 9

Phil as an imp, reclined, undated

Box 2, Item S-9, p. 11

Phil as an imp, putting on trousers, undated

Box 2, Item S-10, p. 13

Sketch of a hairy knee, undated

Box 2, Item S-17, p. 21

Pencil sketch of a fat lady, undated

Scope and Content Note

Possibly an enclosure sent with L-37.
Box 2, Item S-18-19, L-37 p. 23

Letter from EBJ with ink drawings, undated

Scope and Content Note

About a missed visit. Includes a self-portrait of EBJ looking forlorn, and a fat lady.
Box 2, Item S-20, S-21, p. 25

Pencil sketches of "what he ordered at the tailor" and "the result," undated

Scope and Content Note

Captions by VM.
Box 2, Item S-22-27, pp. 27-30

Ink drawings of fat ladies, undated

Box 2, Item S-28, p. 31

Ink drawing of a fat lady with a note about social plans, undated

Box 2, Item L-38, p. 32

Note from EBJ, undated

Scope and Content Note

"I liked the lady so much that I could not fold her up into the envelope." Not clear which "lady" this refers to. Possibly S-29.
Box 2, Item S-29, L-39, p. 39

Ink drawing of a fat lady, undated

Scope and Content Note

With the caption "I rather like this lady - don't you? I am quite sorry to fold her up into the envelope."
Box 2, Item S-30, L-40, p. 35

Ink drawing of two fat ladies, with note, undated

Scope and Content Note

Note regarding the weather and social plans, as well as the two ladies in the drawing.
Box 2, Item S-31, p. 37

Ink drawing of Phil as an imp, undated

Scope and Content Note

With caption "a little softened is Phil at present."
Box 2, Item S-35, p. 47

Drawing of the "Dirrell Baby" possibly by Olive Maxse, undated