This design was intended for use with William Morris' metrical romance 'Love is Enough', which dates from 1871-72. The scheme to produce an illustrated edition of it at this time was abandoned, and it was finally issued, with a frontispiece and tailpiece by Burne-Jones, by the Kelmscott Press in 1897. This border was one of eight designed, the others, of flowers and foliage and two initial L's, being designed by Morris himself, were cut by him in 1872. They were finally issued as a set with the Cupid and Psyche illustrations in the late 1880s.

One of some forty-five woodbooks designed by Burne-Jones and mostly cut by William Morris illustrating the 'Cupid and Psyche' story for a lavish publication of William Morris''The Earthly Paradise'. Trial proofs at the Chiswick Press, however, were considered unsuccessful as a union of text and image, and the project was abandoned. It was not until the late 1880s that any sets of proofs were made; Sir Sydney Cockerell noted that eight sets were printed under the direction of Emery Walker, but the total number of sets is unclear. Apart from the engravings made in 1935 from the drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, both the woodblock illustrations and the poem, in 'Troy' type font, were printed in 1973 with an introduction by A.R. Duffy.

  • Presented by Mrs William Harris, 1913.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 75

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