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Collotype - The Flower Book - Marvel of the World

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P5.26
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1905 - 1905

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


A page from the facsimile edition of Burne-Jones' Flower Book, one of 38 watercolour designs reproduced by Henri Piazza et Cie, for the Fine Art Society, London in 1905.

Uerscheln identifies horehound (Marrubium vulgare) as the plant 'Marvel of the World'; ginseng actually bears the common name 'Marvel [or Wonder] of the World' (Panax ginseng).

This composition clearly has its roots in Botticelli's masterpiece, 'The Birth of Venus' (c. 1425, Uffizi Gallery), Burne-Jones created a similar image of the nude Venus in his 'Venus Anadyomene' a watercolour circa 1869 (Private Collection).

Purchased, 1953.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Ginsing Horehound
Medium:Colour facsimile. Collotype print.