A fascinating previously unrecorded example (c.1820)

Artist Unknown

Botanical Studies in pencil and watercolour

Date: c.1820

A bound volume of original botanic illustrations including flowers plants and funghi Initials on the front free end paper look like E J [no further information on whether that is the owner or artist] 83/87 [lacking 4] pencil sketches finished in watercolour - the stubbs of those absent illustrations remains. [not all illustrated] each illustration is on one side of each page only - Many of the illustrations appear to have a reference code? in the top left hand corner, two letters followed by numbers for example E.B. 538, B.B. 45 [European Botany? & most likely Sowerby's British Botany?] each illustration is neatly titled in ink - most with Latin and common names. measures 192mm 230mm - the paper watermarks vary some as early as 1810 others 1820/21 - the end papers bear a partial watermark of 23 [1823] - contemporary binding is now rubbed and the outher hinges increasingly fragile

a fascinating selection of original artwork c1820 and before - it is not quite clear whether the volume was made up from the loose sketches or the volume of sheets was bound and subsequently used - the ink manuscript text along the bottom margin of one early sketch appears to have been closely cropped; most likely when bound, one or two sketches have an ink number in the top right hand corner and appear in no particular logical order - which lends weight to the fact they were once all loose pages, bound up together c1823.


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