British 19th C, except portraits, Dress and Textiles, Portraits: British 19th C, Scotland: Artists and Subjects 12 Who made this chalk study of a man in a headscarf with a ring in his ear?

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The recently posted online Edward Burne-Jones catalogue raisonné lists this drawing as a fake. The link to the work in the catalogue is here: https://bit.ly/30O5Mdm

I have previously mentioned this work is not by Burne-Jones, but now there is support for this contention. Art UK has subsequently updated its record to ‘unknown artist’.

Dennis Lanigan, Entry reviewed by Art UK

12 comments

The collection comments:

‘It wasn't created as a fake copy of a Burne-Jones, but its signature led to it being attributed to him. It looks like it says E B Jones, but it's not like any signature Burne-Jones ever used. If you were going to fake a signature deliberately, you'd surely make it look like the real thing. Presumably, then, the work is by someone else whose name looks like E B Jones.’

Jacinto Regalado,

It's a perfectly competent academic Orientalist work, but it need not be by a "name" artist. It certainly looks 19th century.

Scott Thomas Buckle,

To me, the drawing looks like the work of a competent student or amateur artist. It doesn't look like any works by Burne-Jones that I know of. The signature appears to read "E J B Jones", so that genuinely may be the name of the artist. An unsigned watercolour of the same subject by another hand was offered for sale at Wotton Auction Rooms on 1 May 2018 (part of lot 903). A few months later, a drawing of the same subject was offered for sale at Ewbank's on 12 September 2018 (part of lot 1589), signed 'J Astley' and dated '1883' (see attached images). These two works and the Dundee drawing all appear to based upon the same source image, probably a print. If the source image can be correctly identified, it may be possible to date the Dundee copy more accurately.

Martin Hopkinson,

Donato Esposito should be encouraged to look at this

Martin, I will be seeing Donato tomorrow and will mention this drawing to him.

Also, I corresponded with the curator at Dundee in 2017, as myself and others could all see the drawing was not by Burne-Jones (as it was then listed on Art UK). The curator kindly sent this detail which is marginally better than the ones attached above.

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Jacinto Regalado,

It feels like a French Orientalist work to me, but that is just a hunch.

Peter Nahum,

I have updated the images on the site with Scott Buckle's text, as I feel it is the most relevant.

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