Originally one of two designs executed by Burne-Jones for a painted cabinet designed by the architect John P Seddon (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum), the other being King René's Honeymoon: Painting (1862, watercolour, Private Collection). There were also designs by Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and decoration by Morris, all illustrating the various artistic pleasures of 15th century King René of Anjou, father-in-law of Henry VI of England. The lavishly painted cabinet was one of the main exhibits in the Medieval Court of the International Exhibition of 1862 held in South Kensington. The panels by all the artists involved were later executed as stained glass windows in 1862, made by Morris & Co, and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Paintings and Drawings from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
44 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1956 - 1956
William Morris and the Middle Ages
66 Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester 1984-09-28 - 1984-12-08
Hidden Burne-Jones
11 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2007-04-04 - 2007-07-01
11 Leighton House, London 2007-10 - 2008-01


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Catalogue of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery p. 53
Bill Waters, Martin Harrison 1973 Barrie & Jenkins, London p. 47, fig. 51
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 74


Charles Fairfax Murray

Associated people

Name Type
William Morris Associated with
John Seddon Associated with

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  • Created by Grace Nuth

    11 July 2009

    I never before noticed that EBJ put Morris' Daisy pattern onto the woman's gown! What a wonderful detail.

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