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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Bluebell: PD.8-1980.f.40

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Bluebell
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Lily, Sunflower and Rose


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: 77
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: "-The grass in the wood was green; / Today it has all turned blue. / Had any one told me - even a Queen, / I could not have thought it true. / I wonder if I'm awake; / Those trees never used to grow / Bathing their feet in a deep blue lake; / I can't make it out, you know. / I always thought of the sky / High lifted over my head; / So please can you tell me the reason why / It's under my feet instead?" / But the bellmen of Elfin Town / Ring out a delicated chime; / The world has not turned upside down, / It is only - Bluebell Time. / O.G. Robertson.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Lily, fair lily, / Why are you all in white? / "Child, I was born of the pale moonlight: / Where it fell through the night / Dank and chilly, / And touched with splendour the dreaming earth, / There had I birth." / Tall Sunflower, / Where got you your disk of yellow? / "From the golden sun that laughed as I leapt / To greet him King without fellow! / He passed, but his smile I kept / Through storm and through shower - / A life-long dower." / Rose, sweet Rose, / Why is your heart so red? / "From splendours shed / When the sky was aflame with the sunset light; / The crimson paled, and the day was dead; / But its lustre a rosebud knows / Born that night." / M.A. Woods / Flower fancies
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.40
Primary reference Number: 44116
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 10 May 2024

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

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