Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt Decorative Design: Sun Ripening Corn c.1890

Artwork details

Title
Decorative Design: Sun Ripening Corn
Date c.1890
Medium Gold paint and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 250 x 179 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Abbott Fund 1981
Reference
T03313
Not on display

Display caption

At the time Burne-Jones and his family moved into their house in Rottingdean (see no.72) the rural setting could not have been more idyllic. From the back windows Burne-Jones was able to look up over 'the tender, bowed locks of corn' towards a windmill on the brim of the rolling downland. From 1885 he started to set down simple outline drawings in a 'secret' sketchbook, now in the British Museum. As well as designs for the mosaic scheme installed in the American Episcopal Church in Rome, the sketchbook contains a preparatory study for this watercolour, which he completed at some point during the last decade of his life.

September 2004

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