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Illustration for "The Summer Snow", 1863

Edward Burne-Jones
British
wood engraving on laid japan paper, laid down on cardboard
16.3 x 12.6 cm; image: 14.4 x 10.7 cm
Purchased 1961
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9780)

In 1861 the Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman-Hunt recommended Burne-Jones as an illustrator to the wood engraving firm of the Dalziel family of London. "He is perhaps the most remarkable of all the younger men of the profession for talent, and will, undeniably, in a few years fill the high position in general public favour which at present he holds in the professional world", wrote Holman-Hunt. Burne-Jones was commissioned to create "The Summer Snow" for the monthly publication "Good Words" in 1863 to accompany a poem of the same title by Dora Greenwell (1821-1882). The National Gallery of Canada impression is an "engraver's proof" printed on fine, absorbent paper.

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