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The Garden Court

1870–75
(British, 1833–1898)
Sheet: 32.3 x 60.2 cm (12 11/16 x 23 11/16 in.)
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Art historian Andrea Wolk Rager has interpreted this drawing as related to Edward Burne-Jones's socialist beliefs, identifying the weaver at right in the work as a personification of artistic labor, dormant in industrialized Victorian society.

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The story of Briar Rose (known popularly as "Sleeping Beauty") occupied Edward Burne-Jones on and off for much of his career. He completed three related sets of paintings of the subject over a 30-year period. This drawing probably relates to the first series, now in the Museo de Arte in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Here, vines twist in arabesques against a flat, chartreuse background, as though ensnaring the six servants asleep at a loom and well.
The Garden Court

The Garden Court

1870–75

Edward Burne-Jones

(British, 1833–1898)
England, 19th century

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