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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop: PD.8-1980.f.28

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Snowdrop
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Pine


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: 53
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: 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.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: 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.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.28
Primary reference Number: 44036
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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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