The "private" collections shown here are generally held by individuals who have a family connection with Eugene Burnand. He produced an enormous amount of work in the form of sketches for recreational purposes, or for major planned work or simply to please and entertain his family and friends. Countless numbers of these were given away by him as he felt inclined but most seem to have just accumulated. He died in 1921 when the world was in social turmoil. His wife Julia died four weeks later. His workshop in Paris had recently been seriously damaged by fire and one of his twin sons had died of influenza. He had himself been unwell. It seems that his pictures were dispersed among all his remaining seven children. I have been privileged to see and photograph some of these collections that have hardly been touched since they were originally packed in envelopes. Naturally they have deteriorated as they were not intended to endure and there is very little information about them other than memory of the owners. These pictures illustrate his talent in more ways than can seen from his great works. Most are presented as they are. Some I have enhanced where I have thought it helpful.
The pictures on this page were photographed in difficult lighting conditions. The colour rendering is a little uneven as a result.
Works index page
Pencil/pastel drawing of Henrietta (Rita) Burnand about 1910, 52 x 38 cms
Pencil/pastel drawing of unknown male. Date unknown. 60 x 45 cms.
He closely resembles Friar Juniper in the St Francis illustrations and is probably the model. About 1913.
From the Good Samaritan parable illustrations. 46 x 64 cms