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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • But the one called Burne-Jones said he was very famous in London.

    The Wayward Muse

  • Rossetti recognized Burne-Jones's innate talent and took him under his wing.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • Burne-Jones sought out Rossetti shortly after settling in London in 1856.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • The wealthy Morris fed Burne-Jones's appetite for aestheticism: They shared an interest in Romanticism, illuminated manuscripts, medieval church interiors and Chaucer.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • 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.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • "Birmingham is my city according to the facts . . . but in reality Assisi is my birthplace," Burne-Jones wrote.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • Born in 1833, Burne-Jones grew up in a modest Birmingham neighborhood—his father was a framer, and the family lived above the shop.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • Morris and Burne-Jones's partnership also lasted—till Morris's death in 1896.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • 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.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

  • 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.

    A Penchant for Dreaming

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