Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

Parable of the Boiling Pot, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers

published 1881

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 178 x 133 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Lord Battersea 1924
Reference
N04015

Display caption

This illustration from Ezekiel is the only design Burne-Jones produced for the Bible Gallery. A brooding Ezekiel sits in the foreground attending to a fire in which he will burn his hair and beard. This act symbolises the imminent destruction of Jerusalem. By contrast, the women appear idle in the background, unaware of the impending disaster.

Burne-Jones designed very few wood-engravings. He is better known for his later association with the Kelmscott Press, and especially for his many illustrations for the Kelmscott Chaucer.

Gallery label, July 2008

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