Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

The Flower Book - Star of Bethlehem

Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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


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

Height: 330 mm, Width: 250 mm
Colour facsimile. Collotype print.
Purchased, 1953
Accession Number

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

buy a print

Select print type
Select size
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas