Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt, by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt, 1898 - NPG 1864 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt
oil on canvas, 1898
30 in. x 20 1/2 in. (762 mm x 522 mm)
Given by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt, 1920
Primary Collection
NPG 1864


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Edward Burne-Jones was inspired to take up art through his friendship with D.G. Rossetti. He became a lifelong friend and collaborator of William Morris, for whom he designed stained-glass windows, tapestries, tiles and book illustrations. Burne-Jones's paintings of classical subjects and medieval romances exemplify the aesthetic dream world of late nineteenth-century art. His reputation reached its height in the 1880s but began to decline during his lifetime owing to the influence of Impressionism, whose style and choice of subject matter he despised. His son Philip was also a painter who specialised in portraits and topographical views and it was he who made this portrait.

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