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. 'Traveller's joy' is the common name for native wild clematis (Clematis vitalba). Also known as 'Virgin's Bower', or 'Old Man's Beard', and in the Victorian language of flowers was known for 'safety' and 'mental beauty'. Burne-Jones painted a similar composition, on a large scale, in 1888, 'Angels with King and Shepherd' (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh), a companion to an 1888 nativity scene (Carnegie).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
The Three Kings first see from afar the Virgin and Child.
Label - Printed - description of the scene, written by the artist. printed by the artist, herein a facsimile


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic & Decorative Work
Penelope Marcus 1975 Arts Council of Great Britain p. 89; Cat. no. 320 (no repro)
The Flower Book
Edward Burne-Jones 1994 Taschen Pl. IV
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 72

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