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Inscription surrounded by floral border: Rose: PD.8-1980.f.56

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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

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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: 109
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: If Zeus chose us a king of the flowers in his mirth, / He would call to the Rose and would royally crown it, / For the Rose, ho, the Rose! is the grace o' the earth. / Is the light of the plants that are growing upon it./ For the Rose, ho, the Rose! is the eye of the flowers, / Is the blush of the meadows that feel themselves fair,- / Is the lightning of beauty that strikes through the bowers / On pale lovers who sit in the glow unaware. / Ho, the Rose breathes of love! ho, the Rose lifts the cup / To the red lips of Cypris invoked for a guest! / Ho, the Rose, having curled its sweet leaves for the world, /Takes delight in the motion its petals keep up, / As they laugh to the wind as it laughs from the west! / Sappho; / trans. E.B. Browning.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Text: For thilke ground, that bereth the wedes wikke, / Bereth eke thise holsom herbes, as ful ofte / Next the foule netle, rough and thikke, / The Rose waxeth swote and smothe and softe; / And next the valey is the hil a-lofte; / And next the derke night the glade morwe; / And also joye is next the fyn of sorwe. / Troilus and Criseyde. i. 136 / Chaucer. / The night with sudden odour reel'd, / The southern stars a music peal'd, / Warm beams across the meadow stole; / For Love flew over grove and field, / Said "Open, Rosebud, open, yield / Thy fragrant soul." / Lord Tennyson.
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Watercolour

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Accession number: PD.8-1980.f.56
Primary reference Number: 44227
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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