Hyacinth
Date: c. 1884
Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: image: 3 3/16 × 4 in. (8.1 × 10.2 cm) frame: 16 3/4 × 18 5/8 in. (42.5 × 47.3 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Object Number: 1935-48
About: While not directly connected with the Pre-Raphaelite circle, Greenaway benefited from their innovations in illustration, particularly the new emphasis on the integration of text and image. The “language” or symbolism of flowers was quite popular in the Victorian period. In this instance, hyacinths are interpreted as signifying “play,” illustrated by five young girls dancing on a lawn.
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