Text by Geoffrey Smith
Arcadian Dreams / Symbolist Visions
Email me if you would like to join my Blog mailing list
1833 Born in Birmingham. His mother dies shortly after his birth.
1853 Begins his studies at Exeter College, Oxford, destined for the church. Meets William Morris.
1855 After a tour of French cathedrals and inspired by Ruskin’s writings, Burne-Jones and Morris decide to follow artistic vocations.
1856 Meets Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Settles in London.
1857 Collaborates with Rossetti and others in decorating the Oxford Union.
1859 Visits Italy.
1860 Marries Georgiana Macdonald.
1861 Burne-Jones is involved in the founding of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. being particularly involved in the design of stained glass windows.
1862 Visits Italy again with Ruskin.
1871 Visits Florence, Pisa, Orvieto, Rome etc.
1873 Again in Italy.
1877 Exhibits eight pictures at the opening exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery. They are a great critical success.
1878 Gives evidence in support of Ruskin in the case brought by Whistler against Ruskin. Enjoys success exhibiting his work in Paris.
1889 His critical reception in France is such that he is received into the Légion d’honneur
1890 The Briar Rose paintings are exhibited at Agnew's to general acclaim
1894 Created a baronet.
1898 Dies at Fulham.
1860 Sidonia von Bork, London, Tate
1863 Cinderella, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
1863 The Merciful Knight, Birmingham, City Art Gallery
1865 Cupid Finding Psyche, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
1870 Phyllis and Demophoön, Birmingham, City Art Gallery
1870–76 The Mirror of Venus, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
1877 The Beguiling of Merlin, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery
1877 Le Chant d’amour, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1873–78 Laus Veneris, Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery
1878 Pygmalion Series, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
1876–79 The Annunciation, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery
1876–80 The Golden Stairs, London, Tate
1870–82 The Mill, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
1882 The Tree of Forgiveness, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1883 The Wheel of Fortune, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1883 The Hours, Sheffield City Art Galleries
1884 King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, London, Tate
1884 The Pilgrim at the Gate of Idleness, Dallas Museum of Art
1885 The Baleful Head (Perseus Series), Southampton, City Art Gallery
1884–5 The Doom Fulfilled (Perseus Series), Southampton, City Art Gallery
1888 The Tower of Brass, Glasgow, Art Gallery and Museum
1865–1890s The Prioress’s Tale, Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum
1874–90 The Briar Rose Series, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, England
1891 Sponsa de Libano, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1895 The Wedding of Psyche, Brussels, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts
1896 The Dream of Lancelot at the Chapel of the Holy Grail , Southampton, City Art Gallery
1896 Hope, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
1896–97 Love and the Pilgrim, London, Tate
1891–98 The Wizard, Birmingham, City Art Gallery
1881–98 The Sleep of Arthur at Avalon, Ponce, Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce