Sir Edward Burne-Jones


The Garland: A Woman Tending Flowers by Burne-Jones, 1866
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Name:Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Dates:1833 - 1898


Address: 41 Kensington Square, W8

Dates at address:1865 - 1867


Born in Birmingham Burne-Jones studied art from an early age, attending drawing classes at Birmingham Government School of Design from 1848. He went to Oxford where he met William Morris. Both were studying to join the church but together changed their minds, switching to art and architecture. Other friends include Dante Gabrielle Rossetti, John Ruskin and Algernon Swinburne. He married Georgiana Macdonald in 1860 and had two children, including the painter Sir Philip Burne-Jones.

After various projects Morris became one of the founding members of Morris, Marshall, Faulker and Company, later Morris and Company, for whom he designed tapestries and stained glass. At the same time he produced many paintings, first in watercolours and later in oils. His main inspiration was Arthurian and Greek legends and these fill all his paintings. After early critical failures he rose to become a figurehead for a new artistic movement and in the 1880s became one of the leading artists of the day.

Edward and Georgiana were a popular couple and often entertained their friends from the Pre-Raphaelite school during their short stay at Kensington Square.

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