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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Rose: PD.8-1980.f.46

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Rose
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Rose


Draughtsman: Bicknell, Clarence



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1980) by Bicknell, Peter


Production date: AD 1908

School or Style


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: 89
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Douce, belle, amoureuse et bien / fleurante Rose, / Que tu es à bon droit aux amours / consacrée! / Ta delicate odeur hommes et dieux recrée, / Et bref, Rose, tu es belle sur toute chose. / P. de Ronsard. / The Rose is fairest when 'tis budding new, / And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears; / The Rose is sweetest washed with morning dew, / And love is loveliest when embalmed in tears. / O wilding Rose, whom fancy thus endears, / I bid your blossom in my bonnet wave, / Emblem of hope and love through future years. / W. Scott. / Lady! when I behold the Roses sprouting / Which, clad in damask mantles, deck the arbours, / And then behold your lips where sweet love harbours, / My eyes present me with a double doubting; / For viewing both alike, hardly my mind supposes / Whether the Roses be your lips, or your lips the Roses. / Anon.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Being weary of love, I flew to the grove, / And chose me a tree of the fairest: / Saying 'Pretty Rose-tree, thou my mistress shalt be, / I'll worship each bud that thou bearest / For the hearts of this world are hollow, / And fickle the smiles we follow; / And 'tis sweet, when all their witcheries, pall, / To have a pure love to fly to; / So, my pretty Rose-tree, thou my mistress shalt be, / And the only one now I shall sight to? / When the beautiful hue of thy cheek through the dew / Of morning is bashfully peeping, / 'Sweet tears', I shall say (as I brush them away), / 'At least there's no art in this weeping'. / Although thou shouldst die tomorrow, / 'Twill not be from pain or sorrow, / And the thorns of thy stem are not like them / With which hearts wound each other; / So, my pretty Rose-tree, thou my mistress shalt be, / And I'll ne'er again sigh to another. / Moore
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.46
Primary reference Number: 44131
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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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