Victorian 19th-century Pressed Leaf Painting - Landscape Scene with Verse


An original mid-19th-century painting with watercolour and pressed leaf.

An unusual and highly decorative Victorian collage combining painted background landscape scene with real pressed leaves and flowers as trees and foliage. Cut to a circle shape and laid down on backing paper.

This is one of a pair that we have for sale (see stock codes JM-421 and JM-422).

Initialled and inscribed in the centre.
In remarkably good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning or foxing, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
15.6cm x 15.6cm.

This work is a delightful example of a Victorian 'friendship picture' and is one of a collection of such works that we have for sale. Varied and often small in scale, they represent the Victorian art of collecting original artworks as mementoes of friendship and exchange. As such, they take on a particularly intimate charm and reflect the relationships and interests of their past owners. The works of art would often meditate on the value of friendship, communicating values of loyalty and steadfastness, and feature a whole range of subjects and media – including botanical and animal studies, nautical scenes, landscapes, military subjects and small portraits – all with some personal connection to the owner. Taken as a whole, these works are a fascinating record of Victorian popular tastes and culture.

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Product code: JM-421

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