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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Periwinkle: PD.8-1980.f.5

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Periwinkle
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Daffodil


Draughtsman: Bicknell, Clarence



Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1908

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Leaf Height 326 mm Width 255 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour over graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 7
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Depuis trois jours j'ai, dans un vase, Un gros bouquet de / fleurs des champs: / Et je veux dire en quelle extase, Me tiennent ces / minois touchants. / Il est surtout une pervenche Qui finit par m'ensorceler, / Tant elle est naïve, et se penche, Devers moi, pour / batifoler. / Je n'en serais que trop heureuse, Mademoiselle, et / je voudrais / Faire avec vous la paresseuse.... Mais il faut chanter / vos attraits. / Il faut louer votre feuillage, Et complimenter vos / grands yeux, / Ainsi que votre fin corsage Si bien dessiné, si / soyeux. / C'est que vous êtes tres jolie, Aux premiers rayons / du matin: / Alors que la brise dèplie Votre jaquette de satin / La rosée y met sa parure De perles, fragiles / bijoux, / Et qui vous font une coiffure A rendre nos écrins / jaloux. / Dans votre corolle étoilèe Se cachent aussi les / amours. / Vous dèvriez être affolèe, De tant de graces et / d'atours! / Non.... et c'est moi, gente pervenche, Qui perd / l'esprit.... votre beauté. / Votre toilette bleue ou blanche, Votre aimable / sérénité / Tout s'unit, enfin, ma mignonne, A votre petit air / rêveur, / Pour me séduire et je crayonne Ce souvenir, avec / ferveur. / A. de Goulaine.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: 8
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: When Daffodils begin to peer, / With heigh! the doxy over the dale, / Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year: / For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale. / Winter's Tale. / .......Daffodils, / That come before the swallow dares, and take / The winds of March with beauty: / Winter's Tale / Shakespeare.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.5
Primary reference Number: 43897
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Audit data

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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