acme and septimius


Happy Valentines Day! 

Here are just a few romantic objects from the collections, including a medieval gold posy ring, roses by Renoir, lovers fleeing across a moor, and an idyllic love scene.

  • Bouquet de Roses dans un Vase, an oil on canvas by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).
  • Small gold, medieval, posy ring, inscribed with the words ‘tout pour vous’ (‘all for you’) & sprays of flowers that were once enamelled. Made in the 15th century and discovered near Thame, Oxfordshire. 
  • Lovers at dawn, illustrating the musical mode Raga Vibhasa. Gouache on paper c.1675, from north Deccan, India.
  • Lovers fleeing across the moor, a woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 
  • Sultan Baz Bahadur and his Hindu mistress Rupmati, Gouache Painting, Kulu India, c.1720
  • Acme & Septimius, an oil on canvas by Frederic Lord Leighton exhibited at the Royal Academy 1868. The subject of this scene of idyllic love is taken from Catullus, CarmineXV. Both the round shape and composition are indebted to Raphael’s Madonnas. The background includes the rose, traditionally the symbol of love.