Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham ) (figure)
William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London) (background)
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.
32-1/2 x 19-1/2 (82.6 x 49.5 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Gifts of Dr. and Mrs. John C. Weber, Helen O. Brice, and Mrs. Donald Gill, by exchange, and funds from various donors, by exchange, 1998
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
This panel of King David, with three other panels also decorated with figures of poets (Homer, Chaucer, and Dante), was made for windows in the breakfast room at Silsden, a house in Yorkshire built for textile manufacturer Charles Hastings. This was one of the first commissions given to Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., the firm that William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and others had co-founded in 1861 to revive the arts and crafts of the pre-Renaissance era (which would subsequently develop into the more successful Morris & Co in 1875). Burne-Jones designed the figures and Morris designed the daisy and forget-me-not plants for the rectangular quarries forming the background.
Charles Hastings , commissioned for the breakfast room of Silsden House, Yorkshire