The Prioress' Tale
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This painting tells the story of a seven year old boy whose throat was cut for singing a Christian song in a Jewish city in Asia, but miraculously continued to sing when the Virgin Mary placed grain in his mouth. He died soon afterwards and was buried as a martyr. The flower symbolism of the white lily represents purity, that of the red poppy consolation, the dwarf sunflower adoration and the wallflower fidelity in adversity.

Georgiana Burne-Jones described this work as follows:

'The picture from Chaucer's Prioress's Tale which Edward completed this spring was the one designed in Red Lion Square forty years before, and the compositions of the Virgin and the little Christian boy remain exactly as he drew them - his vision has not changed. The background, however, is altered, a city replacing the landscape. As he was fitting in the poppies that grow up in front of and around the figures, someone remarked upon the importance of first lines in a composition. 'Yes', he said, ' they come straight from the heart'.'

- Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Russell Ash

Owner/Location: Delaware Art Museum  (United States - Wilmington, DE)
Dates: 1865-1898
Artist age:Approximately 65 years old.
Dimensions: Unknown
Medium: Unknown
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 05 November 2001.
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