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Each month's opening has a full size symmetrical floral design by Clarence Bicknell. Each month has not only a full size watercolour by Clarence Bicknell but also a related quotation or verse, some of them by Clarence himself and chosen by The Clarence Bicknell Association and the Bicknell family. We reproduce these text at the bottom of this page for your information.
30x30cm, hole-punched for wall hanging. This item is a beautiful celebration of his centenary and makes a great gift.
Produced for the Fitzwilliam by Flametree Publishing
Publication Date: Aug-15-2018
Pages: 14, staple-bound
Dimensions: 30x30x0.33 cm
JANUARY: Nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
“Can you not tell
From our bright eyes
We do not ask you for a prize
But hope you won’t forget us.”
Clarence Bicknell, from Triumph of the Dandelion. 1914
FEBRUARY: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).
“Now springs to light and life each buried joy
With broken music and with tearful glow
With drooping blossoms winter-pale and coy;
For love shall soon fulfil her long desire
Her face and breast are memories of snow
Her heart, like thine, is filled with vestal fire"
C.W.W. Naden, illustrated by Clarence Bicknell
MARCH: Wild Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
"Welcome be to every guest
Come he north south east or west."
Clarence Bicknell, inside the door of his house, 1906.
APRIL: Sun’s Eye Tulip (Tulipina praecox)
“In this our simple mountain home
No riches will be found
Beside the welcome of our friends
And natures charms around.”
Clarence Bicknell, 1906
MAY: Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfaro)
“I know not what among the grass thou art
Thy nature, nor thy substance fairest flower
Nor to what other eyes thou has the power
Go send thine image through them to the heart."
George Macoinald, illustrated by Clarence Bicknell
JUNE: Wild Anemone (Anemone regina Risso)
"Nous sommes très heureux, les montagnes blanches sont plus belles et on voit les premières fleurs"
Letter from Clarence Bicknell to Emile Burnat, celebrated Swiss botanist, Val Casterino 14 June 1914
JULY: Catmint (Calaminta parviflora)
"I would not exchange this scrap of bank for all of the gardens in Peradeniya, Ceylon, Java or Kew. Every day I think I have never seen anything quite so beautiful”.
Clarence Bicknell, letter, 10 July 1914.
AUGUST: Alpine Anenome and Campanula (Pulsatilla alpina, Campanula pulloides)
“We are the Alpine Anemone
And either white or lemony.
We love the wind.
He is so kind
Each day at home
To brush and comb
With tender care
Our purple hair.”
Clarence Bicknell, from “The Triumph Of The Dandelion”
SEPTEMBER: Alpine Narcissus (Narcussius)
“Any field or common hedge now interests me more than the best garden with all sorts of wonderful plants.”
Clarence Bicknell, 6 Oct 1912
OCTOBER: Globe Daisy (Globularia Alypum)
“Better to have a loving friend
Than 10 admiring foes
Better a Daisy’s earthy root
Than a gorgeous dying rose.”
George MacDonald, illustrated by Clarence Bicknell
NOVEMBER: Alpine Fritillary (Fritillaria involucrate)
“Fritillaries are we,
Some people call us snake-heads;
It is not kind but we don’t mind.
We only bow and shake our heads
And off we gambol free.”
Clarence Bicknell, from one of his albums in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
“Gambol” is a play on words because the patterns on the flowers look somewhat like dice, with which one gambles.
DECEMBER: Christmas Rose (Helleborus viridis)
"A year of many roses
And few thorns;
A year that brighter closes
Than it dawns."
Clarence Bicknell, originally in Esperanto, New Year 1904
To celebrate their discovery in 2017 of 405 botanical and whimsical watercolours by Clarence Bicknell in their own archives, and Clarence's inclusion in their 2018 exhibition Floral Fantasies, the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, created and manufactured a large range of cards and other merchandise for sale there and in many other shops and museum boutiques in the UK and worldwide. The Clarence Bicknell Association is pleased to be an authorised retailer of these items and we offer them for sale here at the same price as the Fitzwilliam.