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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Violet: PD.8-1980.f.26

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Violet
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop


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: 49
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Welcome, maids of honour! / You do bring / In the Spring, / And wait upon her. / She has virgins many / Fresh and fair; / Yet you are / More sweet than any. / You're the maiden posies; / And so graced, / To be placed / 'Fore damask roses. / Yet, though thus respected, / By and by / Ye do lie, / Poor girls, neglected. / Herrick.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Great King Sun is out in the cold; / His babies are sleeping; he misses the fun; / So he knocks at their door with fingers of gold; / "Time to get up" - says Great King sun. / Though the garden beds are sprinkled with snow / It's time to get up in the earth below. / Who wakes first? A pale little maid, / All in her nightgown, opens the door, / Peering round as if half afraid / Before she steps out on the wintry floor. / All in their nightgowns Snowdrops stand, / White little waifs in a lonely land. / O.G. Robertson. / The forward violet thus did I chide: / Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells / If not of my love's breath? The purple pride / Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells / In my love's veins thou has too grossly dyed. / Shakespeare / Sonnets.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.26
Primary reference Number: 44029
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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