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.'Comes he not?' refers to a flower commonly known as 'love lies bleeding' or 'magic fountain', the amaranthus (Amaranthus caudatus). Burne-Jones had previously created three similar images of a woman, high up a tower, awaiting her lover: two of Hero, and one of Dorigen. The earliest image is circa 1867, a tile design for Hero, waiting for her lover atop a tower, with a small lamp at her side (current whereabouts unknown- see 'William Morris Tiles' by Richard and Hilary Myers). The second, is taken from Chaucer's 'Cantebury Tales', and is 'Dorigen of Bretaigne Awaiting the Safe Return of Her Husband' (V & A, 1871). The last is, 'Hero Lighting the Beacon for Leander' (Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1875-77).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
A girl watching for her lover from the top of a tower.
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. XIII
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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