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. 'Wall Tryst' may refer to a number of plants, possibly; common stonecrop (Sedum acre) known as 'Wall Ginger' which grows freely upon stone walls in the UK; 'Pellitory-of-the-Wall' (Parictaria officinalis) commonly found growing in dry walls; or wallflower (Cnerranthus cneiri). Burne-Jones created a similar, although rather rudimentary, image of Thisbe with her letter to (or from) Pyramus standing at the wall, which is in Birmingham's collection (c.1865). Burne-Jones created a beautiful triptych in the early 1870's of both Pyramus and Thisbe, with a slight variation in the figure of Thisbe (Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead, 1873).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Thisbe's letter to Pyramus.
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. XXIV
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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