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.