letters from artist Edward Burne-Jones to his daughter, Margaret Burne-Jones Mackail, dating
from her young childhood to his death (approximately 1873-1898). Many letters contain ink
drawings and caricatures of Burne-Jones himself.
Edward Coley Burne Jones was born in 1833 in Birmingham. He studied theology at Exeter
College, Oxford, where he became friends with William Morris, and, like Morris, decided
pursue a career in art instead of one in the Church. Burne-Jones became one of the leading
figures in the contemporary British art world, closely allied with the pre-Raphaelites and
with the Aesthetic movement. A founding member (along with Morris) of the firm Morris,
Marshall, Faulkner, and Company, Burne-Jones was a significant force in the rebirth of
stained glass design in England and designed a number of notable windows, though he was most
known for his paintings. Burne-Jones married Georgiana MacDonald in 1860, with whom he had 2
children, Philip and Margaret. He died in 1898.