Burne-Jones and William Morris were commissioned by the rector of Exeter College, Oxford to create the original The Adoration of the Magi
tapestry, for the college chapel. Because of its subject and setting, the colours of the tapestry are rich and bold, so as not to be over-shadowed by the stained glass of the chapel windows. It took four years to complete, and a further 9 versions, distinguished by different border designs, were then woven. This print is from the 1894 tapestry, created for the Corporation of Manchester.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Adoration of the Magi
Date of work
An English painter, Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born in Birmingham and educated at Oxford, where he met his lifelong friend William Morris. He studied briefly under Dante Gabriel Rossetti but soon outgrew his influence despite retaining great respect for him. Burne-Jones later visited Italy with John Ruskin, seeing works by Botticelli and Mantegna which had a profound influence on him. From 1878, Burne-Jones gained a European reputation and influenced both continental Symbolism and Art Nouveau.