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.'Meadowsweet' is also known as 'Queen of the Meadow', 'Bridewort' and 'Lady of the Meadow' and is one of three herbs held most sacred by the Druids. It is also one of 50 ingredients mentioned in Chaucer's 'Knight's Tale'. Burne-Jones recounts King Arthur's last days in this roundel, for which he made not one but two large scale paintings of, including the one in Ponce, Puerto Rico (the other is in the National Gallery of Wales, Cardiff, c. 1894). The ship is taken from its identical position in 'The Sirens' (Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, c. 1891-98).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Arthur's rest in the valley of Avalon.
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. XXXV
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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