Centenary Exhibition of Works by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Tate Britain: Exhibition
17 June 193331 August 1933
  • Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, 'Clerk Saunders' 1861

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
    Clerk Saunders 1861
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 699 x 418 mm
    Presented by Mrs Wilfred Hadley through the Art Fund 1927

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Edward Burne-Jones was born at Birmingham in 1833. Intending to take orders, a meeting with Rossetti at Oxford changed his course, as it did William Morris’s, who likewise fell under Rossetti’s spell. These three were destined to bring a new and lovely note into English art, the Pre-Raphaelitism.

As a designer he had the copiousness of the great artists of the past; he was designer of tapestries, stained glass windows, mosaic and illustrations for books.

Burne-Jones’s world was a world of fairy, a dim, refuge where maidens of a haunting loveliness wander by quiet mill-ponds and dark woods, or sleep, hemmed in by thick briars, with knights slumbering at their feet.