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This painting is a version of the third of four large works illustrating the fairy tale 'Sleeping Beauty'. The complete series now hangs at Buscot Park in Berkshire. William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones' lifelong friend and colleague, composed a verse for each scene and for this one he wrote: 'The maiden pleasance of the land, Knoweth no stir of voice or hand, No cup the sleeping waters fill, The restless shuttle lieth still.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 126.3 x W 237.4 cm
given in memory of Mr and Mrs Francis James Fry by their children, 1930