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.As Uerscheln states Lily-of-the-valley is sometimes known as 'Ladder of Heaven', but also is used for the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) or 'Mary's Tears', as it is known in Marian circles. This particular image of a soul ascending a rainbow ladder to heaven, is used by Burne-Jones twice in 1874, in two 'Ascension of Christ' pieces. The first, in stained glass, is at St. Anne's Church, in Brown Edge, Staffordshire, in the centre top light of the east window. It again appears in a version now in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
A Soul climbing the side of a rainbow.
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. XII
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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