The Flower Book - Rose of Heaven
Accession number: 1953P5.5
Colour facsimile. Collotype print.
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'.
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