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Collotype - The Flower Book - Golden Shower

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P5.18
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.

Uerscheln states that this image refers to the pudding-pipe tree (Cassia fistula), but there is a flower native to Europe called the golden shower orchid (Oncidium).

Burne-Jones was fond of depicting scenes of Danae, as in his various 'Danae and the Brazen Tower' pictures (Ashmolean Museum, circa 1867; Glasgow Art Museum, 1887-88). This image differs in that it shows Danae actually within the confines of the tower itself, rather than the girl staring at the instrument of her imprisonment being constructed.

Purchased, 1953.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Danae Golden shower orchid
Medium:Colour facsimile. Collotype print.