|Artist||after Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones|
|Published||Published by the Berlin Photographic Company Berlin. _ London W.133 New Bond Street. _ New York 14 East 23rd Street. [c.1900]|
|Dimensions||Image 525 x 254 mm, Plate 596 x 308 mm, Sheet 667 x 507 mm|
Printed on India laid paper.
Plate 74, taken from Burne-Jones' 1894 oil painting of the same title, from 'The Work of Edward Burne-Jones, Ninety-One Photogravures Directly Reproduced from the Original Paintings'. Only two-hundred copies of the 'The Work of Edward Burne-Jones...' were produced, each of which was signed by Philip Burne-Jones, the eldest son of Edward.
Lucifer, having been cast out from the closed gates of Heaven, is presented descending into the Infernal Regions, accompanied by countless rebel angels bearing flags and armoury. Although overtly different in subject matter, the composition of 'The Fall of Lucifer' alludes to that of an earlier painting by Burne-Jones; 'The Golden Stairs' of 1880. Surrounding the image is a frame inscribed with Revelation 12:7-12 in Latin.
The painting from which this photogravure was taken is now in the collection of Lord Lloyd Webber.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt (1833-1898) was a painter and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Burne-Jones met William Morris as an undergraduate of Exeter college, Oxford, whilst studying for a degree in theology. The pair went on to work very closely together on numerous decorative arts projects including stained glass windows, tapestries and illustrations. Originally intending to become a church minister, Burne-Jones never finished his degree, choosing instead to pursue an artistic career under the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti heavily inspired his early work, but by the 1860's his idiosyncratic style was beginning to develop. His mature work, however different in total effect, is rich in conscious echoes of Botticelli, Mantegna and other Italian masters of the Quattrocento. Thusly, Burne Jones' later paintings of classical and medieval subjects are some of the most iconic of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He was at the height of his popularity during the 1880's, though his reputation began to decline with the onset of the Impressionists. He was created a baronet in 1894, when he formally hyphenated his name.
The Berlin Photographic Company, (1880 - 1920; fl) or the Berlin Photographische Gesellschaft, was a German print publishers who specialised in photogravures after Old Masters and contemporary painters. High quality photographs were taken of the original works. The negatives were then exposed onto a gelatin covered copper plate, etched with acid, and printed in a similar fashion to an engraving. The main series of the Berlin Photographic Company's publications is kept together at Blythe House, West Kensington.
Condition: Foxing and discolouration to margins, water stain to lower edge of sheet, slightly affecting image.