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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Harebell: PD.8-1980.f.55

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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Harebell
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

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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: 107
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Inscription present: two vertical columns, column break following 'Set a-going, little child'

  • Text: ....Not a hare to right the bells / Could she make the harebells / Harebells, harebells, a little / Stands and listens longingly; / Touch you; rose mouth kisses / Is a little child a thing any Child's hand or poet's heart / Let her hear your fairy / Let her hear what poet's voice / Let a child ring the bells / Soft she whispers to the flowers, / "Let me ring your bonny bells! / No; I'm only a little child, / Let me ring your little bells, / Harebells, blue bells, ring, / Set a-going, little child, / on the whole hillside? / ring, if my darling tried? / child blue-gowned / little hands embrowned / you; ring out! / flower should flout? / make it bloom in song / chimes, delicate ding-dong; / never caught nor sung; / little hares have rung! / bending o'er them there, / I'm a little hare! / but I love you so! / just to say you know!" / ring again! / the joyance of the strain. / E.H. Hickey.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: And the wild-Roses of the promontory / Around me shuddered in the wind, and shed / Their petals of pale red. / There was an old belief that in the embers / Of all things their primordial form exists, / And cunning alchemists / Could recreate the Rose with all its members / From its own ashes, but without the bloom, / Without the lost perfume, / Ah me! what wonder-working, occult science / Can from the ashes in our hearts once more / The Rose of youth restore? / Longfellow / Palingenesis. / And the rose, like a nymph to the bath addressed, / Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast, / Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air / The soul of her beauty and love lay bare; / Shelley / The Sensitive / Plant.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.55
Primary reference Number: 44226
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Saturday 16 March 2024

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

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