How King Arthur Landed Up in the Caribbean : Notes on Edward Burne-Jones

Aug. 28 is the birthday of a once unfashionable Victorian artist whose work is well suited to the 21rst century’s embrace of fantasy.

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Burne-Jones, “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon,” c. 1881–1898. Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
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Burne-Jones, Center panel of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon,” c. 1881–1898. Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
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Details of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon” via Google Arts & Culture website
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Details of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon” via Google Arts & Culture website
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Detail of “The Last Sleep of Arthur” via Google Arts & Culture website

Overwrought Romance

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Rossetti, “Prosperine,” 1874. Tate. Wikipedia/ Google copy of image in the public domain.
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Frederick Hollyer, Photo of Burne-Jones with William Morris, 1874. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
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Detail of “The Last Sleep of Arthur” via Google Arts & Culture website
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Maria Zambaco, Portrait Medals. British Museum. 1886. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
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Burne-Jones, “The Beguiling of Merlin,” c. 1872–77. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
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Detail of “The Beguiling of Merlin”
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Burne-Jones, “The Beguiling of Merlin,” c. 1872–77. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
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Burne-Jones, Center panel of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon,” c. 1881–1898. Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
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Burne-Jones, “The Council Chamber/ Briar Rose “. 1871–72. Museo de Arte de Ponce.
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Burne-Jones, “Love Among the Ruins,” watercolor, 1873. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.

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