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.Uerscheln identifies the flower as heather (Erica), but there is also a plant with a common name of 'flame heath' (Astroloma conostephiodes). Whilst Brynhild does not feature in any of Burne-Jones's other major works, her composition here is identical to the Sleeping Princess in the 'Rose Bower' panel of two of Burne-Jones's many 'Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose' paintings ('Rose Bower', Series II, 'Briar Rose', Faringdon Collection, Buscot Park, Berkshire, 1870-90; and 'Sleeping Beauty', Collection of Lord Lloyd Webber, 1886-88).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Brynhild's Sleep.
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. XIX
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 73

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