The Flower Book - Star of Bethlehem

Sir Edward Burne-Jones

 
The Flower Book - Star of Bethlehem
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 26cm

Description

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. The 'Star of Bethlehem' is actually the flowering part of the Prussian asparagus (Ornithogalum umbellatum). While it bears the same title as Burne-Jones's 1880-81 painting for Birmingham's collection, compositionally it is completely different. The angel itself is based on a contemporary image Burne-Jones had worked on for mosaics to appear at St. Paul's-Within-the-Walls, Rome, of the Angel Uriel (Private Collection, 1882-84).

Image Details

Dimensions
 
Height: 330 mm, Width: 250 mm
Medium
 
Colour facsimile. Collotype print.
Acquisition
 
Purchased, 1953
Accession Number
 
1953P5.20

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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