Burne-Jones was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward's School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he met William Morris (1834-1896) his lifelong friend and collaborator. He studied briefly under Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with whom he worked on the Oxford Union murals in 1857, and was a founder member of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. in 1861, for which he designed much stained glass. He exhibited rarely and was known to only a small circle of patrons and admirers until shown at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877, after which his work was much admired and influential in England and Europe. He was created a baronet in 1894. Burne-Jones lived in The Grange, North End Lane, Fulham, from 1867 until his death.