King David the Poet

Figure designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones British
Background designed by William Morris British
Manufactory Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

Not on view

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.

King David the Poet, Figure designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham), Stained glass, British, London

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