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Liberty

Date: ca. 1896
Dimensions:
54 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (138.4 x 47 cm.)
Medium: black, white, and blue chalk on buff paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: verso: "F.P. 481 MORTON/ 'LIBERTY'/ one of three lights/ Designed by the late Sir Edward Burne-Jones Bart."
Object Number: 2000.5.514
Label Text:In this drawing Burne-Jones has not confined the figure within the window panel, but has depicted the symbolic removal of Liberty's wings, the right one extending beyond the left edge of the design. The simple, clean outlines of the drapery and head of this figure emphasize her statuesque pose. Like many of Burne-Jones's designs, Liberty was reused several times in later window commissions. Burne-Jones (1833-1898) began designing for stained glass at the age of twenty-four, before the firm was founded, and, by 1875, was the sole designer of the firm's stained glass. He continued to produce new cartoons until his death in 1898. He frequently designed only the figures for a particular window, leaving the background design to Morris or Webb or in later years to the glass painters in the firm's studio.