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The Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Princess Beauty was cursed to sleep for a hundred years. She was awakened with a kiss by a handsome prince who had fought through a jungle of briars to rescue her. This small watercolour was conceived as a single work along with two series of murals on the subject. It was painted on vellum as a precious, personal object for the porcelain collector Murray Marks, and shows Jones’ love of medieval manuscripts. The image of Beauty is sensual and voluptuous, probably inspired by Jones’ love affair with the Greek sculptress Maria Zambaco. In later works she is modelled on his daughter Margaret, suggesting the sleep of innocence before adulthood.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester


Date

1871

Medium

gold paint, watercolour & bodycolour on vellum

Measurements

H 25.9 x W 36 cm

Accession number

1917.15

Acquisition method

Mr James Thomas Blair bequest, 1917

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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