Botanical Studies feat. Knapweed & Nipplewort Flowers -1860 watercolour painting

An original 1860 watercolour painting, Botanical Studies feat. Knapweed & Nipplewort Flowers.

A sheet of charming Victorian botanical studies.

Unsigned. Inscribed below.
Some age toning and minor foxing as shown. There is a light abrasion to the paper surface at the centre-left and a vertical crease line at the left edge.
13.7cm x 22.6cm.

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-986

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