'Angel Playing a Flageolet', Edward Burne-Jones

Painting of angel with musical instrument

Angel playing a Flageolet, Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

This composition is based on a stained glass design Burne-Jones made for a window depicting the New Jerusalem for the parish church in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, in 1862-63. The angel and the curved horn were originally shaped to fit within a tracery trefoil (a shaped feature within the window).

Burne-Jones had a fondness for historic decorative objects. The flageolet originated in France in the early 18th century. Burne-Jones uses vivid reds and blues on the angel’s draperies to enhance the splendour of the heavenly setting. Burne-Jones kept this work in his studio for ten years before parting with it.  It was sold to the art dealers ‘Agnew’s’, from whom it was immediately bought by George Holt.   

 Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Watercolour, bodycolour and gold paint on paper mounted on canvas
Date: about 1878
Accession No: WAG 192