... 1 Poplar Place, Bristol Road, the house on the outskirts of Birmingham which the Jones family moved to in 1851.
Richard Watson Dixon (1833-1900), poet and ecclesiastical historian, but perhaps better known today for the encouragement he gave to Gerald Manley Hopkins, was an exact contemporary of Burne-Jones. They both attended King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Dixon went up to Oxfordonly a term earlier than Burne-Jones. Like most of Burne-Jones's Oxford set, Dixon was at Pembroke, and this letter was obviously written to him there. It is dated 'Feast of St. Andrew' £0 November) and addressed from 1 poplar place, Bristol Road, the house on the outskirts of Birmingham to which the Burne-Jones family moved in 1851. The date seems to be 1853. In any case the sketch is one of the earliest of innumerable self-caricatures that occur in Burne-Jones's letters, showing him before he grew a beard.