Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
Green, blue, brown and touches of reddish gouache, heightened with white gouache on green paper
12 x 18-3/4 in. (30.5 x 47.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Darwin S. Morse, 1963
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 Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834–1890) translated the designs into bronze.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Inscribed at lower right with monogram: "E.B.J."
Doll and Richards, Inc., Boston [inv. no. 22563]; Mrs. Darwin S. Morse; 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–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.