Odd Bits and Miscellaneous Trivia
In 1894 Edward Burne-Jones designed the seal of the University of Wales.
Returning from Hampshire at the latter part of 1943, British painter Francis Bacon (1909 - 1992) took the ground floor of 7 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, John Everett Millais’ old house and studio.
In 1978, when Cornell University planned to add a Learning Center to the Rose Memorial Library, a dismantled window designed by Henry Holiday was unexpectedly rediscovered in a crate in the attic of the Hall of Sciences.
Up to and during the nineteenth century there was a pigment called “mummy,”which made a lovely clear glowing brown. Now, as the story goes, it was really made out of, well, mummies. Ground up mummies. One day in 1881, Lawrence Alma-Tadema came upon his colorman at work, cheerfully grinding up Egyptian mummies for paint. Horrified and appalled, he rushed to tell his friend Edward Burne-Jones. Burne-Jones, too, was stunned. After a moment’s thought, he hurried off to his studio and returned with a tube of mummy in hand. He wanted to give it a decent burial. “So a hole was bored into the grass at our feet,” noted Georgiana Burne-Jones later, “and we all watched it put safely in, and the spot was marked by one of the girls planting a daisy root above it.”
Pop star Kylie Minogue’s music video for “Where the Wild Roses Grow” (1995) was inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia.
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