James R. Burn was a successful bookbinder. According to census records he employed 300 people in his business. In the 1880s and 1890s he lived with his sister Emily at 5, Upper Philimore Gardens, Kensington. He seems to have owned one or more of JW's pastels (#00866).
UK Census 1881; Kelly's Post Office London Directory, 1893, London, 1893.