Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt (1833-1898), Painter and designer
His work was described by Henry James as ‘the art of culture, of reflection, of intellectual luxury, of aesthetic refinement … furnished by literature, by poetry, by history, by erudition’;  and by the artist as aiming to create ‘a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be … in a land no one can define or remember, but only desire’.  Although its reputation sank low in the twentieth century, the revival of Pre-Raphaelite fortunes from 1970 has made it again extremely popular.
Physically, he was described as:
Rather tall and very thin, though not especially slender, straightly built and with wide shoulders … The shape of his head was domed, and noticeable for its even balance; his forehead, wide and rather high, was smooth and calm … From the eyes themselves power simply radiated, and as he talked and listened, if anything moved him, not only his eyes but his whole face seemed lit up from within. 
Dr Jan Marsh
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Dr Jan Marsh