antique prints, maps and watercolors

Plate 1. (Planstemon, Garridella, Adonis). The Ladies Flower Garden. London: Day & Haghe, 1841. $195.00

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Plate 1 "Platystemon Leiocarpus, Garridella Nigellastrum, Adonis autumnalis"

Nineteenth century ladies of good breeding studied watercolor drawing. Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858) was no exception. However, in her case, the activity was much more than a diversion. Janes's father died when she was only 17 and the commercial success of her books kept her from poverty. She produced decorative books of flowers based upon her own paintings. They were intended for an audience of gardeners.  The volumes, published between 1840 and 1846, were entitled  They were so popular that they went into a second printing in 1850.  

10 5/8 x 8 inches, sheet.
Hand colored lithograph.
Very good condiiton save two light spots around title.