Shaping the world

A lasting legacy

EDWARD BURNE-JONES

Artist and designer, founding partner Morris & Co

1833-1898

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet, was an artist and designer who worked closely with William Morris and was a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company. Sir Edward studied at the Birmingham School of Art from 1848 to 1852, before studying Theology at Oxford University, where he became a friend of William Morris.

Closely involved in the rejuvenation of the tradition of stained glass art in Britain, he worked in a variety of crafts, including painting, designing ceramic tiles, jewellery, tapestries, mosaics and book illustration, most famously designing woodcuts for the Kelmscott Press's Chaucer in 1896. In 1864 he was elected an associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours (also known as the Old Water-Colour Society).

His work, King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, produced in 1884, currently resides in the Tate Gallery, London and a year later was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy. In 1893, he was approached to see if he would accept a Baronetcy on the recommendation of the outgoing Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.

He was formally created a baronet of Rottingdean, in the county of Sussex, and of the Grange, in the parish of Fulham, in the county of London in 1894. In 1898 he became the first artist for whom a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey.