American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley 1833-1898. British painter and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who is known for the mystical, dreamlike settings of his paintings and stained-glass designs.
“But the one called Burne-Jones said he was very famous in London.”
“Rossetti recognized Burne-Jones's innate talent and took him under his wing.”
“Burne-Jones sought out Rossetti shortly after settling in London in 1856.”
“The wealthy Morris fed Burne-Jones's appetite for aestheticism: They shared an interest in Romanticism, illuminated manuscripts, medieval church interiors and Chaucer.”
“His favorite model was Maria Zambaco—the Lady of the Lake of "The Beguiling of Merlin," and their affair was a source of much trouble in Burne-Jones's life, but he stayed with his extraordinarily forgiving wife.”
“Birmingham is my city according to the facts . . . but in reality Assisi is my birthplace," Burne-Jones wrote.”
“Born in 1833, Burne-Jones grew up in a modest Birmingham neighborhood—his father was a framer, and the family lived above the shop.”
“Morris and Burne-Jones's partnership also lasted—till Morris's death in 1896.”
“There were differences: Morris with his privileged background could afford to be a committed socialist, while the more cautious Burne-Jones stuck to his art and wealthy clients.”
“Ms. MacCarthy paints a lively portrait of Burne-Jones's circle, including the dark sides: John Ruskin with his preference for prepubescent girls, the poet Algernon Swinburne's enthusiasm for self-flagellation and de Sade.”
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