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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Primrose: PD.8-1980.f.39

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Primrose
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Wood Sorrel


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: 75
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: There is a bank (I love it well) / Where climbs the sorrel of the wood; / Here breathes, how frail! a puce-veined bell, / There snowy droops its crumpled hood. / With knotted roots of tinctured strings / A tender tapestry it weaves, / Whilst folding back like soft green wings / The lappets of its cloven leaves. / It is a dainty sight, I ween, / Of hoods, and bells, and fairy green; / And when the dews of evening fall, / They mutely bless the Lord of all, / And, closing, wait the daylight's call. / C.A. Fox.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: I know not what among the grass thou art, / Thy nature, nor thy substance, fairest flower, / Nor what to other eyes thou hast of power / To send thine image through them to the heart; / But when I push the frosty leaves apart / And see thee hiding in thy wintry bower / Thou growest up within me from that hour, / And through the show I with the spring depart. / I have no words. But fragrant is the breath, / Pale beauty, of the second life within. / There is a wind that cometh for thy death, / But thou a life immortal dost begin. / Where in one soul, which is thy heaven, shall dwell / Thy spirit, beautiful Unspeakable! / G. MacDonald / To a February Primrose.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

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Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.39
Primary reference Number: 44110
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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