A Secret Book of Designs: The Burne-Jones Flower Book

January 28, 2012 - April 22, 2012

flowerbook_1 Left:
Traveller’s Joy
Edward Burne Jones
Print from The Flower Book, (London: reproduced by H. Piazza et Cie for the Fine Art Society, 1905), Collotype on laid paper with watercolor addition, 16 1/8 x 12 3/16 (41 x 31 cm),
Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Delaware Art MuseumRight:
Welcome to the House
Edward Burne Jones
Print from The Flower Book, (London: reproduced by H. Piazza et Cie for the Fine Art Society, 1905), Collotype on laid paper with watercolor addition, 16 1/8 x 12 3/16 (41 x 31 cm),
Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Delaware Art Museum

Between 1882 and 1898 Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) created a series of circular images, each inspired by the name of a flower. In 1905 (after the artist’s death) these representations were published as individual collotypes with stenciled watercolor additions in a technique called pochoir. The portrayals are so brilliantly printed they are often mistaken as original watercolors. Only 300 editions of this publication were printed. This exhibition features all 38 images from this edition, recently acquired for the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.

Organizer & Sponsors

A Secret Book of Designs: The Burne-Jones Flower Book was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts