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Edward Burne-Jones (Edward Burne Jones) (1833-1898)  Love Leading the Pilgrim  Oil on canvas, 1896-1897  150/263.5 cm  Tate Britain, Millbank, London, England
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Edward Burne-Jones (Edward Burne Jones) (1833-1898)
Love Leading the Pilgrim
Oil on canvas, 1896-1897
150/263.5 cm
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, England

This painting was the last major work that Burne-Jones completed. The idea of the God of Love guiding a Pilgrim on his quest comes from The Romaunt of the Rose by the medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer, a book that Burne-Jones had read while a student at Oxford.
 
The three paintings are conceived as a sequence. The first is The Pilgrim at the Gate of Idleness , in which the Pilgrim meets Idleness personified as a beguiling maid. Having escaped that temptation, the Pilgrim is led by Love through a briar thicket, depicted in the Tate Gallery painting. The final, The Heart of the Rose , a winged figure, perhaps Love, leads the Pilgrim to the Rose, personified as a beautiful woman within a rose bush.  
 
The design dates from the early 1870's but the painting wasn't started till 1877 and was worked on for the next 20 years, completed only the year before hios death. An Italian model called Giacinto sat for the Pilgrim, originally bearded but later ed. His son, Philip Burne-Jones thought the original 'cold and miserable' and it was 'lightened' in tone by his Father. Sold for the astonishing sum of £5,775 it was later acquired by the Duchess of Sutherland. By 1943 his 'star' had faded so much, the National Art Collection, who gave it to the Tate, bought it for £94 10s.
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