Burne-Jones returned to the theme of Hope several times throughout his career. In 1871, the artist designed the windows for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, depicting the Christian virtues of Hope, Charity and Faith, and he worked all three designs up into large watercolours later in the same year. In 1896, he painted a large oil version of the 1871 watercolour for Mrs George Marston Whitin of Whitinsville, Massachusetts. The finished oil closely replicates the figure from the earlier watercolour, however, he situates the figure of Hope in a cell with barred windows, her ankle is chained, yet she looks up to the top corner and her hand is outstretched. Both the watercolour and oil employ the symbolic properties of flowers; periwinkles grow through the floor, attributes for those condemned to death. The figure also holds apple blossom in her arms, which is symbolic of new life. In the present study, Burne-Jones captures the tilted head and upturned gaze of the girl, turned to the sky to signify the hope promised in the title.