And, thinking of those braunches greene to frame/A girlond for her dainty head to fit/He plucked a bough
Date: 1897
Medium: Ink and wash on paper mounted to board
Dimensions: composition: 14 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (36.8 × 29.8 cm) sheet: 18 7/8 × 14 1/4 in. (47.9 × 36.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: "The Fairie Queene" by Edmund Spenser (London: Dent, 1897): Vol. 1/p. 32. Book 1, Canto II
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2018
Object Number: 2018-17
About: Muckley was trained at the Birmingham School of Art, a late outpost of pre-Raphaelitism and Arts and Crafts philosophy. His talent was recognized and nurtured by Edward Burne-Jones, also a native of Birmingham. Muckley’s illustrations for the 16th century epic poem by Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene were a highpoint in his artistic practice. A particularly popular source for artists of the Victorian period. A tale of chivalry, it was the perfect inspiration for pre-Raphaelite sensibilities.
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