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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Gorse: PD.8-1980.f.49

Object information

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Titles

Inscription surrounded by floral border: Gorse
Inscription surrounded by floral border: Gorse and Marigold

Maker(s)

Draughtsman: Bicknell, Clarence

Entities

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Production date: AD 1908

School or Style

British

Materials used in production

Watercolour
Graphite

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: 95
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Mountain gorses, ever golden, / Cankered not the whole year long! / Do ye teach us to be strong / Howsoever pricked and holden / Like your thorny blooms, and so / Trodden on by rain and snow, / Up the hill-side of this life, as bleak as where ye grow? / Mountain blossoms, shining blossoms, / Do ye teach us to be glad / When no summer can be had, / Blooming in our inward bosoms? Ye, whom God preserveth still / Set as lights upon a hill, / Token to the wintry earth that Beauty liveth still! / Mountain gorses, do ye teach us / From that academic chair / Canopied with azure air, / That the wisest word man reaches / Is the humblest he can speak? / Ye, who live on mountain peak, / Yet live low along the ground, beside the grasses meek!
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: Mountain gorses, since Linnaeus / Knelt beside you on the sod, / For your beauty thanking God, - / For your teaching, ye should see us / Bowing in prostration new! / Whence arisen, - if one or two / Drops be on our cheeks - O world, they are not tears but dew. / E.B. Browning. / When with a serious musing I behold / The grateful and obsequious Marigold, / How duly ever morning she diplays / Her open bresat where Titan spreads his rays; / How she observes him in his daily walk, / Still bending towrds him her small slender stalk; / How, when he down declines, she droops and mourns, / Bedewed as 'twere with tears till he returns; / And how she veils her flowers when he is gone, / As if she scornèd to be looked upon / By an inferior eye; or did contemn / To wait upon a meaner light than him, - / When thus I meditate, methinks the flowers / Have spiritis far more generous than ours, / And give us fair examples to despise / The servile fawnings and idolatries / Wherewith we cout the earthly things below, / Which merit not the service which we show. / G. Wither.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.49
Primary reference Number: 44185
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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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