The Story of Sigurd the Volsung would later become one of Burne-Jones' long-standing artistic projects: a Kelmscott Press edition was in development by the end of 1891 but Burne-Jones only agreed to illustrate "with great reluctance", according to Peterson. In 1896 Burne-Jones complained that "the fine things in it are so much fitter for literature than for my art, and I've no turn for the dramatic" (see Peterson, A Bibliography of The Kelmscott Press, Oxford, 1984, p. 135). After Morris' death the Kelmscott edition was published in 1898 with only two illustrations by Burne-Jones.
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