Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: an Angel Harpist
Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris met in 1853 while studying theology at Exeter College, Oxford, and became life-long friends. While Burne-Jones’s produced his first window designs for Powell and Son of Whitefriars from 1857, in 1861 he started to create stained glass schemes exclusively for Morris.
This design of an angel playing a harp is for a trefoil that forms part of the complex East Window depicting The New Jerusalem, from the Book of Revelation, in the church of St Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. This neo-Gothic church, constructed between 1858 and 1869 features a series of windows designed by Burne-Jones and manufactured by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co (later Morris & Co).
In the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels is the grave of Mrs Reginald Hargreaves, better known by her maiden name as Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford who was the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Stained glass designs by Burne-Jones also feature in the window commemorating Alice’s sister, Edith Liddell, in Christ Church Cathedral.
Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church, 1862
Edward Burne Jones (1833–1898)
Brown and blue washes over graphite
54 x 54 cm