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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop: PD.8-1980.f.27

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop
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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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: 51
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Lone flower, hemmed in with snows, and white as they, / But hardier far, once more I see thee bend / Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend / Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, / Storms, sallying from the mountain tops, waylay / The rising sun, and on the plains descend: / Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend / Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May / Shall soon behold this border thickly set / With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing / On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers; / Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, / Chaste snowdrop, venturous harbinger of spring, / And pensive monitor of fleeting years! / Wordsworth.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: O darling spirits of the snow, / Who hide within your heart the green, Howe'er the wintry wind may blow, / The secret of the summer sheen / Ye smile to know. / By frozen rills, in woods and mead, / A mild pure sisterhood ye grow, / Who bend the meek and quit head / And are a token from below / From our dear dead. / As in their turf ye softly shine / Of innocent white lives they lead / With healing influence Divine / For souls who on their memory feed / World-worn like mine. / Roden Noel.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.27
Primary reference Number: 44032
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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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