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Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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This picture was painted in 1877 for Burne-Jones’s principal patron, William Graham, a wealthy India merchant and Liberal MP for Glasgow, who eventually owned nearly forty works by his favourite artist. It exemplifies Burne-Jones’s interest in the Aesthetic style, preferring formal values over narrative interest. The intensely Italianate nature of Music is highly characteristic of Burne-Jones’s work at this period. He had made several visits to Italy in the early 1870s, and the composition evokes his admiration for the Italian Old Masters and the landscape that inspired them.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology







oil on canvas


H 68 x W 44 cm

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Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax on the estate of Miss Jean Preston and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 2008

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