Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley ARA OWS (1833-1898)

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Edward Coley Burne-Jones was one of the most important artists of the pre-Raphaelite movement and one of the greatest of all English Romantic painters. Six days after his birth in Birmingham his mother Elizabeth, died and he was raised by his father and family housekeeper, Ann Sampson.

Burne-Jones was educated at King Edward's Grammar School, Birmingham and Exeter College, Oxford, where he met William Morris. He was inspired by John Ruskin, encouraged by D. G Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites, and produced work for Morris & Co until 1877. After that date his reputation grew.

Burne- Jones was closely involved in the rejuvenation of the tradition of stained-glass art in England. There is a fine example of one of his designs produced by William Morris & Co that can be seen locally at St Peter's Church, Flushing.

He was elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1864, a full member in 1868, and an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1885 but famously resigned in 1893. He was made a baronet in 1894.