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. 'Rose of heaven' is the common name for campion (Silene coeli rosa not Lychnis coeli rosa as Uerscheln states). Its name comes from the Greek for 'lamp', referring to its coloured flowers.Burne-Jones uses identical composition in two drawings used in the illustration of Kelmscott Press publications, featuring Venus. The first is on page 448 from Chaucer's 'House of Fame' (Kelmscott Press, 1896); the second, on page 22 of 'The Knight's Tale' from the 'Kelmscott Chaucer'.

  • Purchased, 1953.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Venus and her doves amongst the stars.
Label - Printed - description of the scene, written by the artist. printed by the artist, herein a facsimile


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Flower Book.
Edward Burne-Jones 1994 Taschen Pl. V
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 72

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