Edward Burne-Jones's Malory

Edward Burne-Jones's Malory

Edward Burne-Jones

c.1895

London, England

printed book with painted cover

Thomas Malory’s great compilation Le Morte Darthur, completed c.1470, was an inspiration to Morris and Burne-Jones. The latter’s wife Georgiana Burne-Jones later wrote of Edward’s love for the work: ‘Its strength and beauty, its mystical religion and noble chivalry of action, the world of history and romance in the names of people and places—it was his own birthright upon which he entered’. This edition of Malory was acquired by Burne-Jones and bound at the Doves Bindery in Hammersmith. Burne-Jones painted the front and back covers c.1895 with motifs from the story of the Holy Grail. Morris and Burne-Jones planned a Kelmscott edition of Malory, for which this volume may have been a prototype, but the idea did not come to fruition before their deaths in 1896 and 1898 respectively.

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04/03/2012

Susan Miliband

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