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Page from Burne-Jones passbook

The leading figure of the later Pre-Raphaelite movement, Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) became the most sought-after European painter of the 1880s. In addition to important examples of his art works, the Fitzwilliam Museum also preserves the pre-eminent holdings of Burne-Jones’s papers in the world. There is extensive correspondence with major figures including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Ruskin, notebooks from his student years at Oxford, his account books with Morris & Co., and a hand-written list of all his designs. Amidst his letters are various notable sketches and self-portraits, and letters presented as mock-medieval manuscripts; the pass books with Morris & Co record his collaboration with William Morris and celebrate their life-long friendship in amusing, good-natured caricatures.