Edward Burne-Jones

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Edward Burne-Jones: The Stained Glass Artist


Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was a famous British designer and artist related to Pre-Raphaelite who worked with William Morris to create multiple decorative arts as one of the founding partners in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner &Co. He brought rejuvenation in the stained glass art tradition, and his art includes windows in St. Philip’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea, and many more. He is popular for dreamlike paintings that were inspired by literary sources like Arthurian legend, the Bible, and classical mythology.


Early Life


Born on 28 August 1883 in Birmingham, Burne-Jones took birth from Edward Richard Jones and Elizabeth Jones. His father Richard was a frame maker, and his mother died six days after his birth. He went to Birmingham School of Art, and there he met William Morris. In 1861, they both collaborated as partners in Morris & Co. for decorative arts. Burne-Jones saw no difference between the fine and applied style of art. He painted stained glass, furniture, illustrations, and tapestries along with his paintings.


In 1860, he married Georgiana MacDonald, and the couple gave birth to a son. Burne-Jones, in 1864, demonstrated a mature artistic style. After his first show at Grosvenor Gallery in 1877, he received true recognition. By 1880, his success was at its peak.


Famous Artwork


In 1861, he started his stained glass, paper-hangings, metal-work decorative works, and he got the royal project at St. James Palace. His featured glasswork was Victoria and Albert in 1867. His famous work includes The Golden Stairs, King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, The Beguiling of Merlin, Adoration of the Magi (tapestry) of 1890. He got elected as a Royal Academy Associate in 1885. In 1894, he became a baronet.


Final Years


Although he became a baronet in 1895, he was constantly punctuated by ill-heath during the 1890s. In 1898, he passed away in London, but his work remains evergreen.