Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

Parable of the Boiling Pot, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers

published 1881

On loan

KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes (Bergen, Norway): Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North

Wood engraving on paper
Image: 178 × 133 mm
Bequeathed by Lord Battersea 1924

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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.

Gallery label, July 2008

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