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Collotype - The Flower Book - Golden Cup

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P5.7
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.

'Golden Cup' does not refer to the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) as Uerscheln states. It is actually a common flower used in bouquets called the ranunculus or 'gold cup' flower (Ranunculus acris).

Burne-Jones uses the exact composition in two designs: a stained glass cartoon for his house in Rottingdean, called, 'How Gawain sought the san greal [sic] and might not see it because his eyes were blinded by thoughts of the deeds of kings' (William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, 1885), and uses it as a recurring decorative motif on the golden roof above the dead Arthur in 'The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon' (Museo del Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1881-98).

Purchased, 1953

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Colour facsimile. Collotype print.