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 is correct that 'Day and Night' refers to the daisy, but fails to specify that it is the 'ox eye daisy' or 'moon daisy' that refered to. he moon daisy (Leucanthemum vulgarae) is also called 'Moon Day's Eye', 'Marguerite',or 'Maudlinwort'. Burne-Jones's 'Night' and 'Day' from his 'Lapse of the Year' series (both in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1870), are in similar garb (or lack thereof) to this 'Flower Book' roundel, with the female 'Night''s eyes closed, and 'Day''s eyes wide open. Burne-Jones creates a similar image of 'Night & Day' in his 'Secret Book of Designs' (British Museum, 1885, reproduced in Harrison/ Waters fig. 227), originally intended as a design for a fan.

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Night, in the form of a woman heavily draped, calls on Day to awake from his sleep and set her free.
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. XXXVIII
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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