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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop, by Clarence Bicknell

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An image of Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop. Inscription surrounded by floral border: Pine. Bicknell, Clarence (British, 1842-1918). Watercolour over graphite on paper, height, leaf, 326  mm, width, leaf, 255 mm, 1908. Part of: A Posy. Vellum-bound sketchbook containing leaves with an index at the end. Cover with brown leather ornamentation and remains of vellum closure straps. 
Inscription(s): Recto, upper right; watercolour; 53. Recto; watercolour; Fair, sunny-hearted child of many tears! / Thou, while thy mother Earth forsaken slept, / Didst gather to thyself pure hopes, that crept / Through stormy dreams; and now the sun appears, / White buds reflect each rare faint smile, that cheers / The home where thine unshapen germ was kept, / Safe in dark midnight, while the heavens wept, / Or hung the shuddering trees with frosty spears. / Now springs to life and light each buried joy, / With broken music and with tearful glow, / With drooping blossoms, winter-pale and coy; / For Love shall soon fulfil her long desire- / Her face and breast are memories of snow, Her heart, like thin, is lit with vestal fire. / C.C.W. Naden. Verso; watercolour; The elm lets fall its leaves before the frost, / The very oak grows shivering and sere, / The trees are barren when the summer's lost: / But one tree keeps its goodness all the year. / Green pine, unchanging as the days go by, / Thou art thyself beneath whatever sky: / My shelter from all winds, my own strong pine, / 'Tis spring, 'tis summer still, while thou art / mine. / A. Webster.

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop. Inscription surrounded by floral border: Pine. Bicknell, Clarence (British, 1842-1918). Watercolour over graphite on paper, height, leaf, 326 mm, width, leaf, 255 mm, 1908. Part of: A Posy. Vellum-bound sketchbook containing leaves with an index at the end. Cover with brown leather ornamentation and remains of vellum closure straps. Inscription(s): Recto, upper right; watercolour; 53. Recto; watercolour; Fair, sunny-hearted child of many tears! / Thou, while thy mother Earth forsaken slept, / Didst gather to thyself pure hopes, that crept / Through stormy dreams; and now the sun appears, / White buds reflect each rare faint smile, that cheers / The home where thine unshapen germ was kept, / Safe in dark midnight, while the heavens wept, / Or hung the shuddering trees with frosty spears. / Now springs to life and light each buried joy, / With broken music and with tearful glow, / With drooping blossoms, winter-pale and coy; / For Love shall soon fulfil her long desire- / Her face and breast are memories of snow, Her heart, like thin, is lit with vestal fire. / C.C.W. Naden. Verso; watercolour; The elm lets fall its leaves before the frost, / The very oak grows shivering and sere, / The trees are barren when the summer's lost: / But one tree keeps its goodness all the year. / Green pine, unchanging as the days go by, / Thou art thyself beneath whatever sky: / My shelter from all winds, my own strong pine, / 'Tis spring, 'tis summer still, while thou art / mine. / A. Webster.

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  • Accession Number: PD.8-1980.f.28
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/19.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H4D-31
  • Photographer name: Sam Cole
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 797 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 535.44kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 19/1

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20th Century Bicknell border botanical British School Clarence Bicknell drawing Fitz_PDP floral flowers Galanthus handwriting handwritten illustrated illustration poem poetry poets sketch sketchbook snowdrops verses watercolour Winter writing

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