Briar Rose : Edward Burne-Jones

Of all the Pre-Raphaelite artists, Burne-Jones speaks to me most.

I adore his Briar Rose Cycle. A place to get lost in.

I often mistake a Briar Rose for a Dog Rose (which has seeded and grown in my garden these past two years…Yay!)

They are both wild and RAMPANT in hedgerows. And VERY thorny.

P.S. Lennox and Stewart mean something else to me…


In 1544, Lady Margaret married a Scottish exile, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox (1516–1571), who later became regent of Scotland in 1570–1571. In total the couple had eight or nine children,[17][18] four boys: Henry, Henry, Philip and Charles, and four unnamed daughters, though only two sons—Henry Stuart (1546–1567), born in 1546 at Temple Newsam; and Charles Stuart (1555–1576), who later married Elizabeth Cavendish in 1574—survived to manhood; one of their other siblings was called Philip, presumably after the Spanish king and husband of Margaret’s cousin, Mary I. Elizabeth Cavendish, wife of Charles, Earl of Lennox, was the daughter of Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick.[citation needed]

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