since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)+ photographs
Saturday, April 26, 2008
(Sir) Edward Coley Burne-Jones - The Star of Bethlehem
watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gold 64.5 x 98.5 cm 1887
Painted in preparation for a tapestry to be made at the works set up at Merton Abbey by William Morris in 1881 probably for Exeter College, Oxford (where both Burne-Jones and morris had been undergraduates).
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery now has the largest collection of works by Burne-Jones in the world, including the massive watercolour Star of Bethlehem, commissioned for the Gallery in 1897.