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    • Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98)


        Painter

        Sir Edward Burne-Jones was one of the painters in the circle round William Morris and Rossetti, by whom he was greatly influenced. He travelled in Italy in 1859, and was in Milan and Venice in 1862 with Ruskin, for whom he copied works by Tintoretto: he himself had considerable influence on Italian painters of the turn of the century, mainly through his decorations (including mosaics) in S.Paolo entro le Mura, Rome.

        He produced many designs for William Morris's firm for tapestries and stained glass (e.g. St Martin's, Brampton, Cumbria, or Middleton Cheney church, Northants, which also has glass by Morris and F.M.Brown). These and his paintings evoke a dreamy, romantic, literary never-never land of Botticelli and Mantegna, executed in a flat technique, colour and style aptly described in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera as 'greenery-yallery Grosvenor Gallery'.

        He was made a baronet in 1894.

        There is a large of his works in his native Birmingham (inckuding four of Pygmalion), and a room, including the Perseus series, in Stuttgart. Other works are in Cardiff, London (Tate), Sarsota Fla and Yale (CBA), as well as many English provincial museums).

      • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)

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