Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (British, 1833-1898)
graphite and watercolor, heightened with white gouache
Sheet - h:32.30 w:60.20 cm (h:12 11/16 w:23 11/16 inches)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
The story of Briar Rose (known popularly as "Sleeping Beauty") occupied Burne-Jones on and off for much of his career. He completed three related sets of paintings of the subject over a 30-year period. This drawing probably relates to the first series, now in the Museo de Arte in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Here, vines twist in arabesques against a flat, chartreuse background, as though ensnaring the six servants asleep at a loom and well.