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. Jacob's ladder is a common name for Greek Valerian (Polemonium caeruleum) a common cottage garden plant . Burne-Jones' contemporary sources cite another flower, native to Northern England, that was also referred to as 'Jacob's ladder', the lily of the alley (Canvallaria majolis). Burne-Jones's uses the motif of angel like figures upon a golden ladder in his later masterpiece, 'Golden Stairs' (Tate; 1872-80).
Height: 330 mm, Width: 250 mm
Colour facsimile. Collotype print
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