Sir Edward



Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley, professional name of Edward Coley Jones (1833-1898), was an English painter, designer, and illustrator, born in Birmingham and educated at the University of Oxford. Trained by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Burne-Jones shared the Pre-Raphaelites' concern with restoring to art what they considered the purity of form, stylization, and high moral tone of medieval painting and design. His paintings, inspired by medieval, classical, and biblical themes, are noted for their sentimentality and dreamlike romanticized style; they are generally considered among the finest works of the Pre-Raphaelite school.

Burne-Jones was also prominent in the revival of medieval applied arts led by his Oxford friend the poet and artist William Morris. For Morris's firm he designed stained-glass windows, mosaics, and tapestries. His windows can be seen in many English churches, including Christ Church, Oxford, and Birmingham Cathedral. He also illustrated books of Morris's Kelmscott Press, notably "Chaucer" (1896). Burne-Jones was knighted in 1894.


"The Sleeping Beauty" (1870-73) Oil on canvas, 171 x 61 cm - 67.3 x 24 in. Museo de Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico.



"King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid" (1883) Oil on canvas, 136 x 290 cm - 53.5 x 114.2 in. Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom.



"The Beguiling of Merlin" (1873-74) Oil on canvas. 111 x 186 cm - 43.7 x 73.2 in. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside, United Kingdom.



"Le Chant d'Amour" (1868-77) Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.



"King Mark and La Belle Iseult" (circa 1862) Watercolour, bodycolor and gu, 55.8 x 58.5 cm - 22 x 23 in. Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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