Botanical Studies feat. Blackberry & Soapwort Flower - 1860 watercolour painting

An original 1860 watercolour painting, Botanical Studies feat. Blackberry & Soapwort Flower.

A sheet of charming Victorian botanical studies. On brown paper. There are additional botanical paintings on the verso as shown.

Unsigned. Inscribed: "Rubus Fruticosus, Saponaria Officinalis, Soap Wort, Johnston".
Some age toning and minor foxing as shown.
13.5cm x 21.3cm.

This painting comes from a collection of botanical works by the same hand, one of which is dated 1860. Each plant study is inscribed below with its Latin name. These studies, although technical in their plant classification, have a charming informal quality.

Botanical illustration dates from as far back as four thousand years ago, when the agricultural civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt produced plant drawings. The practice continued in ancient Greece in connection with herbal medicine. It was only in the 18th and 19th centuries, however, that botanical illustration became an art in its own right, playing an important role in world exploration. European travellers were returning from afar with plant and seed samples, which were cultivated in landowners’ gardens. Botanical artists were often commissioned to catalogue their collections, and botanical classification was becoming an increasingly sophisticated science.

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Product code: JC-971

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