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.'Golden Thread' was also known as called 'gold thread' or 'mouthroot' (Coptis groenlandica or Coptis trifolia groenlandica). It is intriguing as to why Burne-Jones was making a reference to a flower that was not indigenous to his own country It is a low growing perennial of the North American woodlands, which has trifoliate leaves, yellow rootstock with white flowers. An earlier watercolour in Birmingham's collection also depicts the scene 'Theseus and the Minotaur' of 1862.

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
The clue that Ariadne gave to Theseus, to help him through the Cretan Labyrinth.
Label - Printed - description of scene. printed by the artist


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Flower Book
Edward Burne-Jones 1994 Taschen (reprint of facsimile) Pl. II
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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