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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Centaurea uniflora L.: PD.11-1980.f.45

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Centaurea uniflora L.


Draughtsman: Bicknell, Clarence



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1980) by Bicknell, Peter


Production date: AD 1914

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Leaf Height 278 mm Width 190 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Watercolour and graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: and they declaimed in heroic metre a long story. / Our sires were the Centaurs / The famous inventors / Of horseradish lotion for sprains; / They fought with the Corsairs / And lashed them with horse hairs / Pulled out of their tails & their manes. / Both horses and horse-men / Resisted the Norsemen / Who came o'er the sea-horses foam: / Their horsehair-stuffed sofas, / Too hard for those loafers, / Convinced them t'was best to go home. / They scourged every Viking / Not much to his liking, / With whips of their blue and red tails, / While all common Pirates, / Weighed anchor at dire rates / And perished at sea in the gales / But horsemen and horses, when tired of their courses, / Retired to these mountains and vales: / And their children here present, more hoarse than / is pleasant. Now tell you what's left of their tales.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: |||| 1804 R.W.S. GUARANTEED PURE PAPER 5A PALL MALL ||||
  • Location: Bottom of leaf
  • Method of creation: Blind stamp
  • Text: Lychnis / flos Jovis Lamk.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.11-1980.f.45
Primary reference Number: 43810
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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