Unlike paintings of the same name by Rubens and Furini, Burne-Jones does not make focus on the seduction of Lot by his daughters, but instead depicts the family fleeing from Sodom. Lot’s wife can be seen next to him, turning back to look at the burning city, and the pale chalks and watercolours Burne-Jones uses here show that she has already become a pillar of salt. Lot’s own eyes remain on the ground, but his daughters gaze is fixed firmly ahead.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Lot and his Daughters
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.