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The Entombment

Artist:
Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )
Date:
1879
Medium:
Green, blue, brown and touches of reddish gouache, heightened with white gouache on green paper
Dimensions:
12 x 18-3/4 in. (30.5 x 47.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Darwin S. Morse, 1963
Accession Number:
63.200.3
Not on view
Burne-Jones conveys deep emotion in this design for George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle. When the earl’s father died in 1879, he planned a monument to his parents, Mary and Charles Wentworth Howard, at Lanercost Priory, Cumbria. A bronze Nativity plaque commemorated his mother, who died in 1834 after giving birth to her son, and an Entombment honored his father. For the latter, a confined space filled with curving forms encloses the mourners and expresses a profound sense of grief, at once Christian and universal. The sculptor Sir Edward Boehm translated the designs into bronze.
Signature: At lower right with monogram: E.B.J.
Donor: Mrs. Darwin S. Morse
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 2008–July 13, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design," May 20, 2014–October 26, 2014.

Stephen Wildman, John Christian Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998, Discusses only The Nativity (paired design to the Entombment), cat. no. 122, p. 273.



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