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Edward Burne-Jones had been commissioned by Mrs. Whitin, through Christine Barrington, an intermediary, to paint a dancing figure. A letter from Ms. Barrington to Mrs. Whitin (July 29, 1896) indicates that by mid-1896, work on the commission was proceeding poorly. She wrote: "This picture that he is at now is the figure of 'Hope' (oils of course) 'a girl [I quote from him now] in prison, reaching up one hand, and pulling the blue sky down to her. Flowers are springing up between the stone flags of her cell, and a branch of apple tree is in full blossom in her other hand. Will you let me know if this will be liked, and I will go on with it quickly, and undertake to finish it within the year.' " A letter from Ms. Barrington to Mrs. Whitin (September 9, 1896) confirms her acceptance of his offer for the painting of Hope.
Owner/Location: Museum of Fine Arts - Boston  (United States - Boston)
Dates: 1896
Artist age:Approximately 63 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 179.07 cm (70.5 in.), Width: 63.5 cm (25 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 29 October 2001.
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