May Morris (1861–1938) appears to be in her late teens in this delicate silverpoint study by Edward Burne-Jones, which can, therefore, be dated to the late 1870s. May Morris, who lived at 8 Hammersmith Terrace from 1890 to 1923, was a close friend of the Walkers, and from 1903, when they moved into no. 7, their next-door neighbour. May studied textile arts at the South Kensington School of Design. She was Director of the embroidery department at Morris & Co. from 1885 to 1896 and was active in the Royal School of Art Needlework. She is now recognised as an influential embroiderer and jewellery designer. Founder of the Women's Guild of Arts in 1907, she remained its president until 1935. The British artist and designer Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–98) was associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. His collaboration with Morris dates back to their time as undergraduates at Oxford. A close friend of Morris’s family and a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., he worked with Morris on a wide range of decorative arts, most notably stained glass. Burne-Jones's early paintings are inspired by the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but by the 1860s he had developed a personal artistic style. The eight oil paintings he exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 1877 consolidated his position as a leading artist of the new Aesthetic Movement.

Record ID:00212
Dimensions:width — 19.4cm.
height — 28.8cm.
width — 43.3cm.
height — 55.1cm.
Artist:Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley