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The Briar Rose Series - Study for 'The Garden Court'

The Briar Rose Series - Study for 'The Garden Court', 1889

Bodycolour and chalk on paper laid onto prepared board.
890mm x 590mm
EBJ/1889/BRIAR ROSE// [reverse] 1/ 6 Studies for the Picture called The Garden Court/ in the series of the Sleeping Palace/ E. Burne-Jones/sketch for figure in picture of Sleeping Beauty/ [label torn] Fine Art Society/ 168 [not in EBJ's hand]/
Bequeathed by Kate Lewis, 1961.

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Sleeping young woman, turned to right, and leaning on fountain.


Exhibition History

1890 New Gallery, London
1896 Fine Art Society
1987 Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kianmo; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
1993 Tate Gallery
1994 Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham
2004-05 Laing Art Gallery


Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey. Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 63, B16.

Research Information:

Burne-Jones's interest in the Sleeping Beauty story of the Briar Rose began as early as a tile panel in 1864. A small series of oil paintings for William Graham followed, and then a larger set of four oils, and finally completed in 1890 before being bought by Alexander Henderson, later 1st Lord Faringdon, and installed in Buscot Park, Oxfordshire. Changes during this process to the Garden Court scene were worked out in this series of six large bodycolours, now in the Birmingham Collection.