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 states that 'Black Archangel' refers to the red-dead nettle (Lamium purpurea), but it is also a common name of the black nettle (Lamium). Most botanical references to 'Black Archangel' refer to the horehound (which, incidentally, Uerscheln said referred to 'Marvel of the World'), specifically the black or stinking horehound (Ballota nigra). While Satan was not a frequent image in Burne-Jones's work, he does appear seated in an illustration from 'The Secret Book of Designs' (British Museum, 1885), and later clad in armour in 'The Fall of Lucifer' (Collection of Lord Lloyd Webber, 1894).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Satan enthroned.
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. XXVII
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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