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Edward Burne-Jones letter to Cormell Price, 1862 February 23

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 15
Call Number: MSS 45

Scope and Contents

Burne-Jones thanks Price for his last letter, commenting that it has been passed around and shared with "all who want [Price] back." He pleads with Price to move back to Britain, offering Price a room in his home until he can find something permanent. He tells Price his family are spending three months in Venice from May and that Price could have their home in London to himself.

Burne-Jones tells Price that Elizabeth Siddall has died and that Rossetti is "smashed for the time." He says it is his aunt's birthday and that she is grateful for Price's letter. Burne-Jones reports that his wife and son are well, describing his son as "the fattest boy ... known to Art or nature." He proceeds with a lengthy describe of his son, of whom his parents are "very proud." He tells Price that Jane Burden Morris, wife of William Morris, is expecting twins.

Burne-Jones says that George Price Boyce is in Cairo and that Hughes (Arthur?) had become father to twins, when last Burne-Jones heard from him. He also describes their friends "Dickides" (Richard Watson Dixon?), Val Prinsep, Ford Madox Brown, William Fulford and Charles Faulkner. Burne-Jones pleads again with Price to come back to live near them all, and describes the excellent location of their house in London to encourage Price to reside there. He describes the seduction techniques employed by their friend William Fulford, who "develop[s] [women] into adoration of him and leaves them to pine."

Burne-Jones ends by encouraging Price to come back and giving Price Burne- Jones's infant son's "fat little dumpy slobbery love."


  • 1862 February 23


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter, signed ; 21 x 27 cm, folded to 21 x 14 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Addressed from "62 Great Russell St."


References: Georgiana Burne-Jones, v. 1, p. 259

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