Days of Creation Angels

For every locomotive they build, I will paint another angel. ~Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Days of Creation angel seventh angel.

I am particularly proud of this set. There is no other complete color set of Days of Creation angels in tile or print. The original of the fourth angels was stolen while on loan to Harvard University in 1970 and there are no color photographs of it. Restoring the color took more than a year. You can see the black and white original here.

The first Days of Creation designs were executed in stained glass, followed by paintings in gouache and gold paint, then cartoons were made for tile that were not executed at the time.

Morris and Co. later created tiles based on the original cartoons, but that differ largely from the original designs and appear to have been derived more from the stained glass implementation as an intermediary step. The original painted panels are approximately 42 inches tall (with some minor variation).

I have added a third size to the Days of Creations angels:

  • Faces: A set of seven tiles showing the angel faces. Intended for interior use only, they can be used in fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, or any interior wall.

  • Half Panels: A set of seven panels showing the angels of each day. Half-panels are a good choice for an undercabinet backsplash.

  • Full body angels: A set of six angels done in full body in mural mosaic or tile panel formats.

Angel Face Tiles

I have seven angel faces corresponding to the seven days of creation. The seven angel faces are available on 6 inch ceramic tiles.

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Days of Creation angel face tiles

Angel Faces Pricing and Specifications

    Title: Days of Creation Angels' Tile Set

    Tile: Ceramic or Tumbled Botticino marble

    Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)*

    Set of 7 ceramic tiles: $720

    Set of 8 ceramic tiles: $770 (includes Adam and Eve)

About the Angels

There is a gradient change in tone across the angels. The angel of the first day stands in darkness. The lighting in changes as the days progress, with the third angel as if in candlelight, the fourth angel standing in twilight, the fifth angel in light similar to morning sun, and the sixth day with more mid-day lighting. If you want to intersperse these tiles with field tile, you might want to consider either installing them in order, or if out of sequence, with the darkest angel closest to the light source.

Days of Creation Angels Half Panels, Tiles

Days of Creation Angel Panels

The panels are available in half and full length. Full length tiles are also available in one-inch mosaic. The overall dimensions of the panels are:

    Half panels: 8 inches by 12 inches, each of seven panels.

    Full panels: 6 by 18 inches, or 8 inches by 24 inches, each of six panels.

    Mosiac panels: 6 inches by 18 inches, each of six panels.

Half Panels

The seven half-panel angels are suitable for blacksplash and fit nicely under cabinets with surrounding field tiles, without having their heads cut off by the cabinet overhang.

The size of each half-panel angel is 8 x 12 (in two 8 x 6 inch tiles). The set consists of 14 tiles.

Half-panel tiles of Days of Creation Angels

Half Panels Pricing and Specifications

The seven half panel Days of Creation Angels Edward Burne-Jones are 8 x 12 inches. If installed side by side with a two-inch border between, the total width is 58 inches.

    Title: Edward Burne-Jones : Days of Creation Angel Half-Panels

    Indoor Panels: 14 mosaic angel panels (2 tiles per angel)

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: Each angel is 8 inches by 12 inches in two 8 x 6 inch panels (8 x 12 inches)

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Price: $3185 (Sold as a set)

These angels are for interior use only. They are suitable for backsplashes, showers, fireplace surrounds. They're not suitable for floors. They are very marginally suited for countertops -- with even regular use, as in a kitchen, the glaze will suffer minute scratches and the tiles will appear dull. This can be remedied with a high gloss sealer but such sealers need to be stripped and replaced every few years.

Full Angel Panels

The full angel panels consist of six mosaic or tile panels. The murals show the full body and colors of the angel of each day, with the angels of the earlier days in the background. The angel of the sixth day shows both the sixth and seventh days. The angel of the seventh day, the day of rest, sits at the feet of the others.

The size of each angel is either 8 x 24 inches, in four 8 x 6 inch tiles. They are also available in 6 x 18 inches (in three 6 x 6 inch tiles).

William Morris Tile panels: Days of Creation Angels, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, including the lost fourth angel

In the Days of Creation, each day shows a corresponding number of angels, each angel holding a globe that correspond to the events of that day.

The first angel stands alone and the crystal ball shows light being separated from Darkness.

The angel of the second day holds a globe showing the separation of the heavens and the waters.

The third angel holds a globe wherein the earth brings forth grass, plants, and fruit-bearing trees.

In the colors of the fourth day*, Burne-Jones transitions from darkness to light. The last three panels show the influence of the sun and heavenly bodies.

The angel of the fifth day stands at the sea's edge strewn with seashells and holds a globe showing the waters and the birds and the living creatures that moveth:

The sixth angel holds a globe that shows the creation of living creatures, with Humankind created in his image. Adam and Eve appear in the garden, with a foreshadowing of the downfall that is to come: The Tree of Knowledge and the coiled serpent appear slightly behind.

The seventh angel rests at the feet of the other six, playing a golden harp.

Full Panel Pricing and Specifications

The tile full angel panels from Days of Creation series by Sir Edward Burne-Jones are available in 8 x 24 inches in a four panel set of 8 x 6 inch tiles; side by side with a two-inch border between, the total width is 58 inches.

The full panels are also available in 6 x 18 inches, with each angel consists of three six-inch tiles. When installed side by side with a three-inch border between panels, the total width is 51 inches.

    Title: Edward Burne-Jones : Days of Creation Angels Full Panels

    Indoor Panels: 6 mosaic angel panels (3 or 4 tiles per day of creation)

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: Each angel is 6 inches by 18 inches in three 6 x 6 inch panels or four 8 x 6 inch panels (8 x 24 inches)

    Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)

    Price: $5500 (8 x 24 inches) / $4200 (6 x 18 inches) (Sold as a set)

These angels are for interior use only. They are suitable for backsplashes, showers, fireplace surrounds. They're not suitable for floors. They are very marginally suited for countertops -- with even regular use, as in a kitchen, the glaze will suffer minute scratches and the tiles will appear dull. This can be remedied with a high gloss sealer but such sealers need to be stripped and replaced every few years.

Mosaic Tile Panels

Detail of the Sixth Day of Creation showing the globe, with Adam and Eve in the garden.

The indoor mosaic panels are 6 x 18 inches, in 54 2-inch tiles. These angels are for interior use only. They make excellent backsplashes, showers, fireplace surrounds. They're not suitable for floors or countertops for the reasons mention above.

The outdoor mosiac panels are 6 x 18 inches, in 1-inch ceramic tile. These angels are waterproof and with sealed grouting can be also be installed outdoors in temperate climates, in a covered area out of direct sunlight, such as a grotto. They will accept an occasional dip in temperature but will not stand up to repeated freezes and thaws.

Mosaic Tiles Pricing and Specifications

    Indoor Mosaic Panels

    Title: Edward Burne-Jones : Days of Creation Angel Mosiacs

    Indoor Mosiac Panels: 18 mosaic panels (54 2-inch tiles per panel), 3 panels per angel

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: Each angel is 6 inches by 18 inches in 2-inch square tiles (5.08 cm)

    Thickness: 3/16 inch (.5 cm)

    Price: $4200 (Sold as a set)

    Outdoor Mosiac Panels

    Outdoor Mosaic Panels: 18 mosaic panels (108 tiles per panel), 3 panels per angel

    Tile: Ceramic

    Size: Each angel is 6 inches by 18 inches in 1-inch square tiles (2.54 cm)

    Thickness: 3/16 inch (.5 cm)

    Price: $4800 (Sold as a set)

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Customer installation photos, not glossy professional photos but taken by real people of their own houses, are listed in the Catalog

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Use of Images

The fourth angels was stolen from the Fogg museum and there were no color photos. It was restored to color over two years based on 1890 Hollyer platinotypes and the Oscar Wilde descriptions. It is registered by William Morris Tile LLC with the US copyright office and is free to use for non-commercial purposes.

Edward Burne-Jones Days of Creation tiles, half panels. Edward Burne-Jones Days of Creation Angel tiles, framed. The fourth angel was cut from its frame while on exhibit at Harvard University almost 50 years ago and has never been recovered.  I restored it to color from the Hollyer black and white platinotypes of the 1890s.