SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES BT ARA (1833-1898) Biography

St John the Baptist, design for the Carlile (mis-spelt on the reverse of the drawing) commission for stained glass in Paisley Abbey (Birmingham, 1876)

Pencil on paper
Inscribed on the reverse Paisley Abbey Carlisle Window F. P. 315

Dimensions

80.00cm high
29.50cm wide
(31.50 inches high)
(11.61 inches wide)
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Provenance

The Carl Laszlo collection, Switzerland

Literature

William Waters and Alistair Carew-Cox, Damozels & Deities, Seraphim Press Ltd, Abbots Morton 2017, illustrated page 78, number 82

Description / Expertise

NB Carlile Surname is mis-spelt on the reverse of the drawing.

St John the Baptist, design for the Carlile commission for stained glass in Paisley Abbey
Pencil on paper, inscribed on the reverse Paisley Abbey Carlisle Window F. P. 315

80.00 x 29.50 centimetres, 31.50 x 11.61 inches

Provenance:
The Carl Laszlo collection, Switzerland

Literature:
William Waters and Alistair Carew-Cox, Damozels & Deities, Seraphim Press Ltd, Abbots Morton 2017, illustrated page 78, number 82

St John the Baptist, a design for a stained-glass window commissioned for Paisley Abbey by the Carlile family.
Burne Jones Account book ( Fitzwilliam) Entry for "May 1876 Paisley. - John Baptist; Carlile

"In Memory of William Carlile deceased 20 October 1829 aged 83 years, and of his brother James Carlile, deceased 28 October 1835 aged 83 years: erected 1879 by J W Carlile and James Stevenson
Sewter Vol 2 p. 151

Carl Laszlo was a collector, contemporary art dealer and publisher. He survived the Holocaust while a major part of his family members was murdered.

After the second world war was over he was taught psychology by ‪Léopold Szondi‬. His villa in Basel’s Sonnenweg 24 was a huge museum. His impressive collection consisted of some 15,000 works.

He published two books about his time in the concentration camps. On Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau: Ferien am Waldsee in 1956 and Der Weg nach Auschwitz in 1987. In Ferien am Waldsee he wrote:
But even those that survived in the concentration camp were petrified, no one could get used to this sort of experience. One saw mature men tremble, those who had seen thousands around dying after several years in prison; one saw trembling Jews who had made it up to this point, had managed to preserve their lives, and were now forced to witness the destruction of their families in Treblinka and Majdanek; one saw camp elders and Kapos – the most privileged aristocracy of the camp – who had whipped many hundreds of their companions in misfortune to death, had robbed, tortured and betrayed them, and were now bent and pale with fear of death, were now awaiting their victims’ fate themselves. Suddenly everyone was under threat, even those who had hitherto hidden so skilfully.

In an interview with Markus Somm from the Baseler Zeitung, Carl Laszlo was asked by the editor-in-chief: But the time in Auschwitz, you can hardly describe it as a happy time” But Carl Laszlo, however, answered: Of course, yes! The fact that I survived it, is a good thing. It would have been less good, if I would have been murdered, wouldn’t it?

In his second issue of RADAR Carl Laszlo published some letters to the editor. Quite obviously, one advertising gallery had serious problems with William S. Burroughs’ literary quality, so it wrote:
we do not want to financially support a magazine that plays down the risk of addiction and the drug problem

Carl Laszlo replied:
As for the drug problem, we do not fight drugs, but only the risk of addiction in a society which plays down, overlooks or trivializes the risk of the most common addiction – namely alcohol: and the most lethal drug: the ideologies. We are convinced that only outspokenness, i.e. Enlightenment can help the addicts. For us the diminutiveness of the drug problem is out of the question. For a society, however, which prefers to examine the truth exclusively through the lense of closed eyes, our publications might seem scandalous to it.

Carl Laszlo surrounded himself with hundreds, maybe thousands, of Buddha sculptures: in the gardens, under the roof and in his temple.