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Burne-Jones began this painting in 1882, but did not complete it until four years later, when it was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery. The scene depicted is Mary Magdalene's visit to the empty tomb, where she encounters the resurrected Christ, accompanied by angels. After the death of the Hon.Laura Lyttleton (nee Tennant), a young friend of whom the artist was particularly fond, Burne-Jones inscribed a personal memorial or 'oblation' in the lower left-hand corner. He made at least two other versions of the subject, including the one, which, until recently, was at St Peter's Church, Vere Street.

September 2004