Burne-Jones was from Birmingham and initially intended to become a priest. Yet after meeting the designer William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti while he studied at Oxford University, he decided to become an artist instead.
Like the Pre-Raphaelite artists, Burne-Jones at first took his subject matter from medieval poetry and romances. Later though, he painted pictures that for him represented a ‘beautiful romantic dream of something that never was. ’ As well as gaining fame as a painter, Burne-Jones also worked as a designer and illustrator, primarily for William Morris’ company.
Ruskin became friends with Burne-Jones in 1856 and he identified with many of Ruskin’s artistic and political aims. He made a number of designs and illustrations for Ruskin and even intended to become one of his copyists of art and architecture. Although this did not happen, Ruskin did employ two of his assistants, TM Rooke and Charles Fairfax Murray.
- 'Love Reigning over the Elements', Design for Stained Glass
- A Note by William Morris on his Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press, together with a Short Description of the Press by S C Cockerell, and an Annotated List of the Books Printed thereat
- Cupid Delivering Psyche
- Love is Enough, or the Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality
- Mandolin Player