Thursday, October 10, 2013
Jane Burden discovered
Jane was 'discovered' in 1857 with Bessie (her sister) at the theatre in Oxford. At the time Oxford did not have a permanent theatre and this was the Drury Lane touring company who performed in the gymnasium in Oriel Street. Jan Marsh says the play was probably Ben Bolt which I can't trace. It was not very respectable for girls on their own to visit the theater until the end of the century.
According to]. W. Mackail, Life of William Morris) OUP ed. 1950, i, '40,
it was Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones who first met Jane Burden. Lady
Burne-Jones, in her Memorials of Edward Burne-fones, 1904. i, 168, states that
Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Arthur Hughes and William Morris were all at the
theatre together when the meeting took place.