Portraits from Russia of Praskovya Sheremeteva (1768-1803). Born a serf she had a wonderful voice and became an opera singer. Married a count, too.

Portrait of Praskovya Ivanovna Zhemchugova-Sheremeteva. 1803.
Portrait of Praskovya Sheremeteva. 1803. Oil. Nikolai Argunov, painter (1771-1829). Collection of the Museum of ceramics, Kuskovo. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1803._Nikolai_Argunov_(1771-c1829)_-_Portrait_of_Praskovya_Ivanovna_Zhemchugova-Sheremeteva.jpg
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Praskovya Sheremeteva in a scenic costume for a production of André Ernest Modeste Grétry’s “Les mariages samnites.” 18th c. Artist not known. Collection of the Museum-estate Ostankino, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ZhemchugovaSamnites2.jpg
Portrait of Praskovya Ivanovna Zhemchugova-Sheremeteva.
Portrait of Praskovya Sheremeteva. Painted before Febuary 3, 1803. Nikolai Argunov, artist (1771-1829). Collection of the State Museum of Ceramics and the 18th Century Kuskovo Estate, Moscow. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.gogmsite.net/new-content/1803-expecting-praskovya.html

Plates of flowers that are half way between botanical prints and pochoir prints which came along a little later. From Anton Seder’s “Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe” which was published in Vienna in around 1886 by Martin Gerlach. These from Volume I of 2.

"Strawberry." Plate Ia, page 26.
“Strawberry.” Plate Ia, page 26. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n26/mode/2up
"Chrysanthemum." Plate 2, page 30.
“Chrysanthemum.” Plate 2, page 30. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n28/mode/2up
"Chrysanthemum Fragaria." Plate I, page 24.
“Chrysanthemum Fragaria.” Plate I, page 24. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n24/mode/2up

Animals, these by Austrian artist Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel (1881-1965). Also worked as a designer at the Wiener Werkstätte.

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“Lion’s Head” (Löwenkopf). 1909. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://alongtimealone.tumblr.com/post/180618683224/ludwig-heinrich-jungnickel-austrian-18811965
"Wall Frieze for a Children’s room,"
“Wall Frieze for a Children’s room,” from the magazine “Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration.” 1913. German. Collection of the University Library of Heidelberg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/134935526324/ludwig-heinrich-jungnickel-wall-frieze-for-a
Three paravent panels, designed for the Palais Stoclet. ca. 1909.
Three paravent panels, designed for the Palais Stoclet. ca. 1909.Print on paper with overpainting by the artist. Designed by Jungnickel. Image © Estate of the designer. Image © 2018 Artsy. Fair use license. via https://www.artsy.net/artwork/ludwig-heinrich-jungnickel-three-paravent-panels-ludwig-heinrich-jungnickel-design-for-the-palais-stoclet-ca-1909
"Leopard." No date. Colored chalk on paper.
“Leopard.” No date. Colored chalk on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/ludwig-heinrich-jungnickel/leopard-VwAzrGEY9Ol–K-dZ1FBfQ2

An envisioning . . . .villa up the coast from Helsinki in a 1952 winter with dusk closing in.

Oh to be here.

Tea and a blazing fire with the maid about to open a box of cookies back in the kitchen. Well, only three boxes left but more to come as soon as a grandchild comes to visit from England. An entire second suitcase filled each time and that enough to last until Christmas or maybe next June depending on how many young people there are to help eat them up.

Helsinki more fun what with its theatres and all but a husband lost and a need to economize. Funny. Lived through all that excitement in Saint Petersburg and sneakings out after that man made the tsar die, only to have a spasm and collapse eating mushrooms that turned out to be the poison kind and not the sort to fry up in a little frying pan with sherry.

But the quiet nice, too. So many years with babies to take care of and not enough time to sit and read let alone sit and think. . . .a long way back  .. . only time to think and not have to take care of anybody . . . an album tucked away and a memory in flood . . . science class and everyone with a long braid down their backs instead of grown up lady things. . . .  time and all the energy in the world . . . .the energy gone but all the time in the world to remember from before it all got gone.

A physics lesson at the Smolny Institute, Saint Petersburg.
A physics lesson at the Smolny Institute, Saint Petersburg. From an 1905 album. Taken from “A Smolny Album: Glimpses into Life at the Imperial Educational Society of Noble Maidens,” edited by Nancy Kovaleff Baker and published in 2018. Image © 2019 Academic Studies Press. Fair use license. via https://www.academicstudiespress.com/out-of-series/a-smolny-album

 

 

 

 

 

Plates signed by Agostino Tensini from the calligraphy manual “La uera regola dello scriuere : utile à giouani.” Published in 1680 and then around 1800. This copy having been signed by Giacomo Formento and dated 1789, it would appear to be the 1680 edition.

Page 5.
Page 5. Collection of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/laueraregoladell00tens/page/n4/mode/1up
Page 7
Page 7. Collection of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/laueraregoladell00tens/page/n6/mode/1up
Page 9.
Page 9. Collection of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/laueraregoladell00tens/page/n8/mode/1up
Page 10.
Page 10. Collection of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/laueraregoladell00tens/page/n10/mode/1up
Page 12.
Page 12. Collection of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via

Flowers of the American West. A selection of plates from the 1915 “Field book of western wild flowers” which was written by Margaret Armstrong in collaboration with John James Thornber who was a professor of botany in Arizona.

"Orange Mariposa Tulip" (Calochortis Kennedyi). Frontispiece.
“Orange Mariposa Tulip” (Calochortis Kennedyi). Frontispiece. Page 6. Collection of the New York Botanical Garden. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/126806#page/6/mode/1up
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“Arrowhead” (Sagittaria latifolia). Page 31. Collection of the New York Botanical Garden. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/126806#page/29/mode/1up
Wild Onion" (Allium acuminatum).
“Wild Onion” (Allium acuminatum). Page 41. Collection of the New York Botanical Garden. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. Via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/126806#page/41/mode/1up
"Wild Onion" (Allium bisceptrum and Allium serratum).
“Wild Onion” (Allium bisceptrum and Allium serratum). Page 45. Collection of the New York Botanical Garden. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. Via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/126806#page/43/mode/1up

Down to the water with American realist painter Stephen Etnier. Living from 1903 to 1984, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

"Waterway Boatyard."
“Waterway Boatyard.” 20th c. Oil on masonite. Signed on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/80933620_stephen-etnier-waterway-boatyard
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“Still Morning.” 1960. Private collection. © Estate of the artist. Image © wikiwand.com. Fair use license. via https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Stephen_Etnier
"Mount Desert Recollections." 1973.
“Mount Desert Recollections.” 1973. Oil on board. Signed “Stephen Etnier” on the lower right. Inscribed “Stephen Etnier for Norman Kloude 1973” on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © lofty.com. Fair use license. via https://www.lofty.com/products/mt-desert-recollections-1-50l7j