Edward Burne-Jones

walwyn Fri, 09/11/2009 - 18:32
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St. Mary by Burne-Jones, Middleton Cheney.

Born at 11 Bennetts Hill on August 28 1833. Edward Coley Jones was raised by his father a frame maker and gilder, and lived for the first 20 years of his life in Birmingham. In 1860 he added Burne to his name but did not hyphenate the name until after he was awarded a knighthood in 1894.


In addition to designing the windows for Birmingham cathedral (St. Philip's), Edward Burne-Jones also designed stained glass for several manufacturers, before becoming one of the founding members of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.  He soon became principal designer for the "Firm", producing more than five hundred individual figure subjects.


In an exchange with Oscar Wilde Burne Jones said:

The more materialistic science becomes, the more angels I shall paint. Their wings are my protest in favour of the immortality of the soul.

He accepted a baronetcy in 1894 and died four years later in 1898. He is buried in the churchyard of Rottingdean in Sussex.