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Collotype - The Flower Book - Arbor Tristis

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P5.28
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.

'Arbor Tristis' literally means 'Tree of Gloom' and refers to mistletoe (Viscom album). Mistletoe, usually a symbol of the joyful Christmas season, has common names which denote the sadness of Lent: 'Wood of the Cross', 'Herbe de la Croi', and 'Holy Wood'.

There is no comparable image to 'Arbor Tristis' in Burne-Jones's oeuvre, although he did paint a completely unrelated subject with a similar title, 'Tree of Forgiveness' (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside, 1882).

Purchased, 1953.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Mistletoe Tree
Medium:Colour facsimile. Collotype print.