Drawing Room at Springfield [outside Rye, Sussex, England]
Ink on paper
16 7/8 X 13 1/4 inches
Dated 1925-26. Causey, Plate 17. Signed lower right: "E.J. Burra". In fine condition.
From Causey, Andrew. Edward Burra: Complete Catalogue. Oxford: Phaidon, 1985: "Burra's family were well-off professional people, who had lived since 1862 in a substantial early Victorian house, 'Springfield', at Playden outside Rye."
An English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, Edward Burra is perhaps best known for his gritty paintings of urban life from the 1920s and '30s. Separating himself from popular trends of abstraction, Burra sought to capture life and the people and objects of which it is composed. Burra constantly adapted his artistic style, turning to landscapes and still lifes after World War II. A well-traveled social observer, Burra still maintained strong ties to his hometown of Rye in Sussex, England and his childhood home of Springfield Lodge on Rye Hill throughout the majority of his artistic career.