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 may be incorrect in the possibility that Burne-Jones is referring to the honeysuckle in 'With the Wind'. Some research indicated that the flower may be the dandelion, but the most likely candidate is the windflower or wood anemone (Anemone Pulsalilla). Burne-Jones never created a full-scale painting of Dante Aligheri's doomed lovers, Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, but a similar composition of Zephyrus and Psyche was painted in 1865 (Collection of Lord Lloyd Webber). Paolo and Francesca do appear in nearly identical image in 'The Secret Book of Designs' (British Museum, 1885, which is reproduced in Taschen's 'Flower Book' on page 14). It should be noted that Taschen's reprint of the collotype is off by 45 degrees to the right when compared with the originals. It completely alters Burne-Jones's original composition.

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Dante's vision of Paolo and Francesca.
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. XXII
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 73

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