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.
Charles Hastings , commissioned for the breakfast room of Silsden House, Yorkshire
Artist: Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham) (figures)Date: 1898Medium: Dyed wool and silk on undyed cotton warp (15 warps per inch; 5-6 per cm.)
Accession: 2008.8a–cOn view in:Gallery 556