The Burne-Jones and Morris families
21 of 60 portraits of May Morris
The Burne-Jones and Morris families
by Frederick Hollyer
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1874
5 7/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (150 mm x 135 mm)
acquired unknown source, 1975
Artistback to top
- Frederick Hollyer (1838-1933), Photographer and art publisher. Artist associated with 111 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt (1833-1898), Painter and designer. Sitter in 24 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait. Identify
- Georgiana (née Macdonald), Lady Burne-Jones (1840-1920), Wife and biographer of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1st Bt. Sitter in 9 portraits. Identify
- Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt (1861-1926), Painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits. Identify
- Richard Jones (1802-1889), Father of Edward Burne-Jones. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Margaret Mackail (née Burne-Jones) (1866-1953), Wife of John William Mackail; daughter of Edward and Georgiana Burne-Jones. Sitter in 13 portraits. Identify
- Jane Morris (née Burden) (1839-1914), Embroiderer and artist's model; wife of William Morris. Sitter associated with 31 portraits. Identify
- Jane Alice ('Jenny') Morris (1861-1935), Daughter of William Morris. Sitter in 21 portraits. Identify
- Mary ('May') Morris (1862-1938), Designer and craftswoman; daughter of William Morris. Sitter in 60 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait. Identify
- William Morris (1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist. Sitter in 68 portraits. Identify
This portraitback to top
This photograph is from a sequence taken in the garden of the Burne-Jones's home in west London. Jane Morris is second from the right in front of her husband and between her daughters May and Jenny. The other sitters (from left) are Richard Jones, father of Edward, Margaret, Edward, Philip and Georgiana Burne-Jones.
Linked publicationsback to top
- MacCarthy, Fiona, Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015), p. 133
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 16 Read entry
This photograph shows (from left to right) Edward Burne Jones's widowed father, Margaret Burne-Jones, Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Burne-Jones, Georgiana Burne-Jones, May Morris, William Morris, Jame Morris and Jenny Morris.
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 16
- Various, William Morris: Words & Wisdom, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015)
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (garden, Burne-Jones's home, The Grange, North End Road, Fulham, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1874back to top
Current affairsDisraeli becomes Prime Minister for the second time, winning the general election and giving the Conservative party its first absolute majority since the 1840s.
Professional opportunities for women develop, with the opening of the London School of Economics to women, the foundation of the London School of Medicine for Women and the Women's Protective and Provident League.
Art and scienceThe Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc., including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro organise an exhibition in Paris. Art critic Louis Leroy gives the group its name, criticising Monet's Impression, Sunrise for being merely an unfinished 'impression'. Impressionism becomes recognisable for techniques such as short, broken brushstrokes barely conveying forms, pure unblended colours, and an emphasis on the effects of light.
InternationalBritain annexes the Gold Coast, the region on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, now the independent nation of Ghana, following the second Ashanti war. The Treaty of Fomena secured massive financial reparations for the British, and strengthened their hold on the prosperous resources and trade routes in the regions. However, weakening the Ashanti tribe greatly destabilised the area.
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