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. 'Golden Cup' does not refer to the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) as Uerscheln states. It is actually a common flower used in bouquets called the ranunculus or 'gold cup' flower (Ranunculus acris). Burne-Jones uses the exact composition in two designs: a stained glass cartoon for his house in Rottingdean, called, 'How Gawain sought the san greal [sic] and might not see it because his eyes were blinded by thoughts of the deeds of kings' (William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, 1885), and uses it as a recurring decorative motif on the golden roof above the dead Arthur in 'The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon' (Museo del Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1881-98).

  • Purchased, 1953
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
An Angel carrying the San Graal past sleeping knights in a wood.
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. VII
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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