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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.

July 2008