Edward Burne-Jones

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 A Biography on Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was a well-known British artist and designer of England in the late 19th century, and his romantic paintings using the medieval representation was among the last presentation of the Pre-Raphaelite style and worked with his friend William Morris as a partner in his firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company.

Sir Edward was also actively involved in reconstructing the tradition of stained-glass art in England, which can be seen in the windows of St. Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham, Jesus Lane in Cambridge Christ Church, Oxford, and St. Martin’s Church in Brampton.

Early life

Born on August 28, 1833, in Birmingham, England was raised by his father after his mother died soon after Edward’s birth. Sir Edward was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he met his future co-partners, the artist-poet William Morris, the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1856, marking a turning point in his career. 

Rossetti was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Sir Edward left Oxford without graduating to continue with his work. He and Morris then settled in London, working under Rossetti’s guidance.

Early Career

His early works were inspired by the Rossetti’s, but by the 1880s, sir Edward came across his style. He first specialized in watercolors and then moved forward on to large colorful, and eye-catching paintings.

In 1864 Sir Edward was elected as an associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colors. In 1877, he exhibited eight oil paintings, including the renowned Beguiling of Merlin, at the Grosvenor Gallery. 

Apart from paintings, he also worked on designing ceramic tiles, jewelry, tapestries and book illustrations, and mosaics. Sir Edward was active as an illustrator, helping the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic to enter mainstream awareness. He draws outlines and designs books for the Kelmscott Press between 1892 and 1898.

He often chose exotic or literary subjects for his paintings and experimented with deep, rich colors and indirect light. His subjects of paintings were most elegant and reflective.

Lastly, his work became a major influence on the French symbolists. He was given a baronetcy for his creative achievements in 1894. In his career, he painted over 200 oil paintings which highlighted his tremendous achievement.

He took his last breath on June 17, 1898, in London.