Ashmolean acquires pre-Raphaelite letter archive



2015-08-05 14:01:13

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has acquired a letter archive by pre-Raphaelite Sir Edward Burne-Jones.

The majority of the illustrated letters are addressed to Helen May Gaskell, who became a close confidante in his older years.

Colin Harrison, curator at the museum, comments: “He gave her a selection of his finest drawings, which she in turn gave to the Ashmolean in 1939.

“The opportunity to acquire the albums of intimate and humorous letters that he sent to May and to her daughter, Daphne, was unmissable; and we are most grateful for the support from the NHMF, the Art Fund, and other bodies, as well as numerous private donors.

“Their generosity has ensured that the letters have ended up in their rightful home, and that the Ashmolean now has one of the most representative, as well as distinguished, collections of Burne-Jones’s work in the world.”

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