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Edward Burne-Jones (Edward Burne Jones) (1833-1898)  The Beguiling of Merlin  Oil on canvas, 1873-1874  111 x 186 cm (3' 7.7
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Title: The Beguiling of Merlin
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Edward Burne-Jones (Edward Burne Jones) (1833-1898)
The Beguiling of Merlin
Oil on canvas, 1873-1874
111 x 186 cm (3' 7.7" x 6' 1.23")
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside, United Kingdom

The Beguiling of Merlin is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones which was created between 1872 and 1877.

The painting depicts a scene Arthurian legend, the infatuation of Merlin with the Lady of the Lake, Nimue. Merlin is shown trapped, helpless in a hawthorn bush as Nimue reads a book of spells.

The work was commissioned Burne-Jones by Frederick Richards Leyland, a Liverpool ship-owner and art-collector, in the late 1860s. After a false start blamed on "poor materials" Burne-Jones began work on the painting proper in 1873, finishing the body of the work by the end of 1874; although the painting was not first exhibited until 1877 at the opening exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery in London.

Burne-Jones used Maria Zambaco, who was probably his mistress 1866 to 1872, for the model for the head of Nimue.

The painting was purchased by Lord Leverhulme in 1918 and remains in the Lady Lever Art Gallery to the present day.

The painting features on the cover of the novel Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt.

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