The Summer Snow

The Summer Snow

Edward Burne-Jones

Wood-engraving, engraved by the Dalziels

5¾ x 4¼ inches

Good Words (1863): facing 381.

Burne-Jones’s image recalls the idealized types created by Dante Rossetti. The drawing is flawed with technical faults (the perspective of the wall is incorrect) and the modelling uncertain. Nevertheless, the illustration has a poetic charge of feeling, echoing the first part of the poem which it accompanies, in which flowers comment on falling blossom (for this and the rest of the commentary, see below).

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