A surprising and entertaining insight into the lighter side of one of the world’s most beloved Pre-Raphaelite artists, featuring his comic sketches, caricatures and illustrated letters.
Edward Burne-Jones, member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood is renowned for his beautiful but usually melancholy evocations of a mythical, literary, ancient or medieval world, as well as his life-long friendship with William Morris. It will surprise many therefore to discover that he was a talented caricaturist and comic sketch artist.
This charming book reveals a man brimming with imagination, a keen eye and impish sense of humour who took delight in drawing to amuse and entertain. His witty but affectionate caricatures of friends and family feature familiar faces, such as Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, while his self- caricatures are endearingly self-deprecating. Accompanying these are enchanting sketches he created to illustrate letters and entertain children, and an introduction discussing the life and work of the artist in wider context.
Beautifully illustrated with rarely published pieces from the large collection at the British Museum, this book provides an insight into another side of Burne-Jones and illuminates the personality and relationships of one of the most beloved English romantic painters.
The author John Christian is an art historian with a special interest in Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites. He has curated and co-curated many exhibitions including the Burne-Jones centenary exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.