There are three institutions in England alone that have significant numbers of Burne-Jones pieces: the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. The Burne-Jones Online Resource site is based on the latter, which is by far the largest collection of his work in the world, with 1205 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sketchbooks, applied arts, printed and archival materials. The Resource primarily focuses on the 1137 works on paper, and strives to be as comprehensive as possible to date, having been painstakingly developed since February 2004. However, please be aware that new research and information are constantly put forth, and our best efforts are in place to update entries when possible.
While it is important that any celebrated artist within the history of art be given special attention or highlighted in a particular museum collection's online database, it is imperative for the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery to do so with Burne-Jones. He is not only one of the great British artists of the 19th century, but a Birmingham native as well. His art especially influenced major European painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly Gustave Moreau, Fernand Khnopff and Pablo Picasso, revealing the important impact his English vision of life had on modern art.
Burne-Jones's work continues to be a source of inspiration and subject of study to a wide group of people, locally, nationally and internationally. When individuals commence any research on this artist, the first place they immediately come to is his birthplace – Birmingham, not only because he spent his formative years here, but because scholars generally recognize that Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery is the place for Burne-Jones, as it houses the largest collection of his work under one roof. To arrange a visit to the Print Room to see this collection, e-mail:
Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries invites any responses and updates to this resource by using the above e-mail address.