A page from the facsimile edition of Burne-Jones' Flower Book, one of 38 watercolour designs reproduced by Henri Piazza et Cie, for the Fine Art Society, London in 1905.'Love in a Mist' is the common name of the fennel flower (Nigella damascena). In the Victorian language of flowers, 'love-in-a-mist' meant 'perplexity' (Pickston, The Language of Flowers, 1913), hence Burne-Jones's image of Cupid entangled in a web of mist. Burne-Jones has used similar imagery in two earlier drawings in the 'Orpheus' series, 'Across the Flames I & II' (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; 1873). An almost identical composition featuring the god of love again is found in the third predella of the 'Troy' polyptych, 'Love Overcoming Oblivion'.

  • Purchased, 1953.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
A mist which does not rise from the earth but is made of heaven's blue, swirls round and round the struggling figure of a winged-man, who is Love himself, baffled and blinded by its folds.
Label - Printed - description of the scene, written by the artist. printed by the artist, herein a facsimile


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Flower Book
Edward Burne-Jones 1994 Taschen Pl. I
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 72

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