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.

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.
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.
Details of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon” via Google Arts & Culture website
Details of “The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon” via Google Arts & Culture website
Detail of “The Last Sleep of Arthur” via Google Arts & Culture website

Overwrought Romance

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

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