Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: an Angel Harpist

Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris met in 1853 while studying theology at Exeter College, Oxford, and became life-long friends. While Burne-Jones’s produced his first window designs for Powell and Son of Whitefriars from 1857, in 1861 he started to create stained glass schemes exclusively for Morris.

This design of an angel playing a harp is for a trefoil that forms part of the complex East Window depicting The New Jerusalem, from the Book of Revelation, in the church of St Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. This neo-Gothic church, constructed between 1858 and 1869 features a series of windows designed by Burne-Jones and manufactured by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co (later Morris & Co).

In the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels is the grave of Mrs Reginald Hargreaves, better known by her maiden name as Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford who was the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Stained glass designs by Burne-Jones also feature in the window commemorating Alice’s sister, Edith Liddell, in Christ Church Cathedral.


  • Title

    Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: an Angel Harpist

  • Artist/maker

    Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833 - 1898)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    brown and blue washes over graphite

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 54 x 54 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Archibald George Blomefield Russell, 1959.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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