This drawing along with one of Pyramus are described as being for tiles in the 1935 Birmingham catalogue. They appear far too detailed to be used as such and are not divided by a grid to show individual tiles as are other well-developed designs. The cartoon contains a verse from Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women', and refers to Thisbe of Babylon. This design appears with minor alterations in a watercolour triptych on vellum dating from 1872, now in the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead.

  • Presented by Edward Robert Hughes, 1909.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
At every time when they durste so [above image] // But what is that that love cannot espie/ Ye lovers two if that i shall not lie,/ ye founden first this little narrow clift/ and with a sword as soft as any shrift, they let their wordes through the clifte pace/ and tolden, while they stonden in the place/ All their complaint of love, and all their wo/ At every time when that they dursten so/ Thisbe of Babylon.
Text middle right Handwritten - Pencil. Written as an inscription for the drawing in the artist's hand


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo al Simbolismo
93 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1987-10-07 - 1987-01-03
L'Amore: dall Olimpico all'Alcova
3.9 (repro p. 155) Mole Antonelliana, Turin 1992-05-30 - 1992-10-04
Morris & Company Tiles
626 William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow 1996-09-14 - 1997-01-05


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 114
William Morris Tiles
Hilary Myers, Richard Myers 1997 Richard Dennis, Somerset p. 62
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 94

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