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. 'Saturn's Loathing' refers to thyme (Thymus vulgaris), a play on words and association by Burne-Jones, as Saturn, in his Greek guise is 'Cronos', or 'Father Time'. Thyme was known throughout 16th century Britain as 'Mother-of-Thyme' or 'Mother Thyme'. Two paintings of the late 1880s recall this scene, 'Flodden Field' (Musee d'Orsay, 1882) and 'Sun Ripening Corn' (Tate Britain, c. 1889).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
A thing the most repugnant to the Earth-god; armed men joining battle in a cornfield and trampling the ripe grain under their horses' hoofs.
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. XXX
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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