Study of King's arms for his painting “King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid”. Edward Burne-Jones.

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Study of King's arms for his painting “King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid”.

n.p. Ca. 1884.

Pencil on paper. 1 vols. 11-3/4 x 7-3/8 in. STUDY FOR A BURNE-JONES MASTERPIECE. Fine. matted, framed and glazed to 20-1/4 x 15-1/4 inches. Exhibited: Grosvenor Gallery, 1884. Literature: Christian, The Last Romantics, p. 79 et seq. Item #221251

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), was "The most important artist in the later phase of the Pre-Raphelite movement and a figure of enormous influence at home and abroad" (Christian). He was born in Birmingham, the son of a frame-maker; originally planning for a career in the Church, at Oxford "he and his friend William Morris came under the influence of Ruskin and the Pre-Raphelites, and decided to devote themselves to art." Burne-Jones embarked on a distinguished career. For many years he seldom exhibited, relying on the support of devoted patrons, but in 1877 he began exhibiting at London's Grosvenor Gallery; his large paintings "caused a sensation, revealing him as the 'star' of the Grosvenor, a key figure in the Aesthetic Movement, and one of the leading artists of the day … the [peak] of his later career [was] the exhibition of King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid at the Grosvenor in 1884 …" During the 1890s he enjoyed an international reputation, "being especially fashionable in Symbolist circles in Paris, where King Cophetua was received with great acclaim at the Exposition Universelle of 1889." He was created a baronet by Queen Victoria in 1894.

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