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The Well at the World's End

Author:
William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London)
Artist:
Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )
Publisher:
Kelmscott Press (Hammersmith, London)
Date:
1896
Medium:
Illustrations: woodcuts; one of eight vellum bound copies
Dimensions:
11 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 2 in. (28.9 x 21 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.2641(13)
Not on view
Determined to reform the artistry of book making, William Morris established Kelmscott Press in 1891. One of its finest productions was this medieval romance written by the founder in the archaic style of Thomas Malory and beautifully illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. In the full-page illustration, Friends in Need Meet in the Wild Wood, the young knight Ralph meets a maiden disguised in armor. Morris designed the elaborate ornamental border of grapevines, the embellished capital letter, and the typeface. Both imagery and text influenced writers J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
Harris Brisbane Dick (American, 1855–1916); Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," December 4, 1992–April 5, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 6, 1997–January 4, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer," June 4, 1998–September 6, 1998.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. "Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer," October 17, 1998–January 17, 1999.

Musée d'Orsay, Paris. "Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer," March 1, 1999–June 6, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design," May 20–October 26, 2014.

Simon Houfe Fin de Siecle: The Illustrators of the 'Ninties. London, 1992, pp. 42-45, 47.

Stephen Wildman, John Christian Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998, cat. no. 153, p. 307, ill.



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