Hope, one of the three theological Virtues, is symbolized here as a prisoner chained indoors, holding a branch of apple blossoms and reaching upward to pull the blue sky down toward her. The slender, vertical format of this painting recalls the fact that many of Burne-Jones's designs were successfully translated into stained-glass windows and textiles. Burne-Jones painted this work for Mrs. Whitin, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts. He had previously worked on a large watercolor version of the same subject.


  • Title: Hope
  • Date Created: 1896
  • Physical Dimensions: w635 x h1790 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Given in memory of Mrs. George Marston Whitin by her four daughters, Mrs. Laurence Murray Keeler, Mrs. Sydney Russell Mason, Mrs. Elijah Kent Swift and Mrs. William Carey Crane. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/hope-32751
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Inscription: Lower right: E:BURNE:JONES: / Finished 1896:
  • City, state, country: England
  • By: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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