Study of a Head of a Girl for 'The Rose Bower'

Edward Burne-Jones1886

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

This study of a girl is preliminary study for 'The Rose Bower', the fourth of Edward Burne-Jones's 'Briar Rose' series of paintings (now in the National Trust's collections). The drawing shows the head of a sleeping maiden, one of Beauty's attendants, holding a musical instrument and seated on the ground by the bed of in which the princess lies. In the finsihed painting the girl has a much simpler hairstyle. The same figure appears in a simplifies variant of 'The Rose Bower' painting (gouache on canvas) in a private collection. Another slightly different varient of a girl's head is in the collection of Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries.

'The Briar Rose' pictures originated in a series of painted tiles illustrating 'The Sleeping Beauty', designed by Burne-Jones in 1864 for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The small scenes were subsequently enlarged and much-developed into several sequences of painting.


  • Title: Study of a Head of a Girl for 'The Rose Bower'
  • Creator: Edward Burne-Jones
  • Date Created: 1886
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 x 20 cm
  • Object Number: BrD12
  • Medium: pencil on paper
  • Credit line: Brangwyn gift, 1935

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