Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

Frieze of Eight Women Gathering Apples

1876

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on wood
Dimensions
Support: 737 x 1829 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Lady Horner in memory of her father, William Graham 1940
Reference
N05119

Display caption

The theme of this panel would appear to be connected with the legend of the Garden of the Hesperides, a subject Burne-Jones treated on several other occasions. It may have been intended as an overmantel for a fireplace or as a decorative panel for a cassone or chest. The gold relief reflects the artist’s interest in early Renaissance art where such decoration was used extensively. The frieze may have been commissioned by the artist’s patron, the MP and collector William Graham, whose daughter Lady Horner owned a similar panel.

Gallery label, November 2016