Hope (Burne-Jones)

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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones - Hope - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistEdward Burne-Jones
Typeoil painting
Dimensions179 cm × 63.5 cm (70 in × 25.0 in)
LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hope is a late oil painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones. It was painted on commission for Mrs. George Marston Whitin of Whitinsville, Massachusetts in 1896.[1][2]

Mrs. Whitin originally requested a painting of a dancing figure, but Burne-Jones, devastated by the recent death of his long-time friend and partner William Morris, struggled with the work and wrote to ask if a painting of Hope would be an acceptable alternative. The result was an allegory in the Renaissance fashion, with the bound personification of Hope reaching skyward despite her bars.[3][4]

The painting is based on an 1871 watercolour by Burne-Jones. The watercolour is likely painted over the original cartoon for one of a set of stained glass designs of the Christian virtues Faith, Hope, and Charity created by Burne-Jones for Morris, Marshall, Faulknor and Company. A three-light window based on Burne-Jones's designs was commissioned for the nave of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[3][4] The stained glass designs were also used for a set of windows at St Margaret's Church, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk and St Martin's Church, Brampton, Cumbria.

The oil painting of Hope was donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Mrs. Whitin's daughters in her memory.[1]

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See also[edit]

Hope, an oil painting by the English painter George Frederic Watts (1886)



External video
video icon Smarthistory - Burne-Jones's Hope[4]
  1. ^ a b "Hope". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  2. ^ Wildman (1998), p. 328, gives her name as "Mrs. George Martin Whitin".
  3. ^ a b Wildman (1998), pp. 327–328
  4. ^ a b c "Hope". Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Retrieved 31 December 2012.


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