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The Failure of Sir Gawaine: Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine at the Ruined Chapel - Edward Burne-Jones

Counted cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Pre-Raphaelite Fine Art Collection.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet (28 August 1833 – 17 June 1898) was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who worked closely with William Morris on a wide range of decorative arts as a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company. Burne-Jones was closely involved in the rejuvenation of the tradition of stained glass art in England; his stained glass works include the windows of Birmingham Cathedral, St Martin's Church in Brampton, Cumbria, the church designed by Philip Webb, All Saints, Jesus Lane, Cambridge and in Christ Church, Oxford.

Burne-Jones's early paintings show the heavy inspiration of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but by the 1860s Burne-Jones was discovering his own artistic "voice". In 1877, he was persuaded to show eight oil paintings at the Grosvenor Gallery (a new rival to the Royal Academy). These included The Beguiling of Merlin. The timing was right, and he was taken up as a herald and star of the new Aesthetic Movement.

In addition to painting and stained glass, Burne-Jones worked in a variety of crafts; including designing ceramic tiles, jewellery, tapestries, mosaics and book illustration, most famously designing woodcuts for the Kelmscott Press's Chaucer in 1896.

In this piece King Arthur's knights Sir Uwaine (left) and Sir Gawain (right) on the quest for the Holy Grail. After many days of riding, they arrive at a deserted chapel but are denied entry by an angel. It is revealed to them that they will not attain the Holy Grail because they lack charity, virtue, and faith. A brilliant light within the chapel suggests that the Holy Grail is inside. This is one of a series of "Quest for the Grail" tapestries created by William Morris & Co. (Pre-Raphaelite, 1895-6)

Approx: 35" x 28" or 88 x 72cm - when worked on 18ct or 36ct.

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