Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt 1833–1898
Parable of the Boiling Pot, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers
Date Published 1881
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 178 x 133 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Lord Battersea 1924
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
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.
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