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 identifies horehound (Marrubium vulgare) as the plant 'Marvel of the World'; ginseng actually bears the common name 'Marvel [or Wonder] of the World' (Panax ginseng). This composition clearly has its roots in Botticelli's masterpiece, 'The Birth of Venus' (c. 1425, Uffizi Gallery), Burne-Jones created a similar image of the nude Venus in his 'Venus Anadyomene' a watercolour circa 1869 (Private Collection).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Birth of Venus.
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. XXVI
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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