Mardi Gras parade floats from the Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Watercolors.

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“Court of King Polydectes.” Float design from the Mistick Krewe of Comus 1973 parade which had the theme “Adventures of Perseus.” Comus 1973 Float 06. 1973. American. Watercolor. Fischer, Louis Andrews Fischer, watercolorist (1901-1974). © Estate of the artist. Image © Louisiana Research Collections. Published by the Louisiana Research Collections and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A7136
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“Fulfillment of the Delphic prophecy.” Float design from the Mistick Krewe of Comus 1973 parade which had the theme “Adventures of Perseus.” Comus 1973 Float 16. 1973. American. Watercolor. Fischer, Louis Andrews Fischer, watercolorist (1901-1974). © Estate of the artist. Image © Louisiana Research Collections. Published by the Louisiana Research Collections and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A8188
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“Birth of Pegasus.” Float design from the Mistick Krewe of Comus 1973 parade which had the theme “Adventures of Perseus.” Comus 1973 Float 10. 1973. American. Watercolor. Fischer, Louis Andrews Fischer, watercolorist (1901-1974). © Estate of the artist. Image © Louisiana Research Collections. Published by the Louisiana Research Collections and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A4270

Style sheets to make any space look a bit fancier. Ancient Egyptian designs from Helmuth Theodor Bossert’s work “An encyclopaedia of colour decoration from the earliest times to the middle of the XIXth century” which was published in Berlin in 1928.

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“Thebes, beginning of the 15th century, BC.” Egypt. Figures 16 and 17. Page 51. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n50/mode/1up
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“Egypt. Thebes. First half of the 15th century BC.” Figures 20 and 21. Page 54. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n54/mode/1up
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“Egypt. Thebes. First quarter of the 15th century BC.” Figures 18 and 19. Page 52.Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n52/mode/1up

Floral designs by Maria Likarz-Strauss who lived from 1893 to 1971. Born in what is now Poland she was an Austrian designer who studied at the Applied Arts School in Vienna. She worked for theWiener Werkstätte from 1912 to 1932. Collections of the MAK Museum, Vienna.

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Design. Before 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12362-42. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235619
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Design. ca. 1923. Inventory ID #KI 12356-15. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235408
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Design. ca. 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12353-25. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235352
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Design. Before 1927. Inventory ID #KI 12472-2. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-236147

Very well dressed children from just a wee bit back in time. Fashion illustrations from “Modes de Paris. Costumes d’enfant” which came out in 1810.

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‘Capote de Perkale, Robe de Mousseline pantalon garni.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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‘Casquet en Maroquin Veste et Pantalon de Nankin.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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“Bourrelet de habit de Matelot en Percale.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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“Toque brodé Redingote garni en crèves.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html

What to buy before the Empress Eugenie calls. Selections from an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. At mid-century the Maison Giroux was IT.

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“Nécessaire à couture, épingles et carnet de bal.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/necessaire-a-couture-epingles-et-carnet-de-bal
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“Une Coupe Couverte, un Vase et une Aiguière.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.7. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/une-coupe-couverte-un-vase-et-une-aiguiere
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Page d’album de dessin. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.15. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-1

Drawings of wildflowers taken from the United States Army Corps of Engineers 1848 work “Notes of a military reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, including parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers.” C. B. Graham, lithographer.

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“Zinnia Grandiflora.” Page 204. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n203/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 208. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n207/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 210. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n209/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 210. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n209/mode/2up

The perfect little pick me up. Designs for new carpets to make your home look entirely new. Emilio Terry (Emilio Rene Terry y Sánchez), designer. Living from 1890 to 1969 he was an interior decorator who also designed landscapes.

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Dessin, projet de tapis. Inventory # CD 4129.20. 20th c. French. Gouache. Image ©Adagp, Paris. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/projet-de-tapis-17
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Dessin, projet de tapis. Inventory # CD 4129.24. 20th c. French. Gouache. Image ©Adagp, Paris. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/projet-de-tapis-19
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Dessin, projet de tapis. Inventory # CD 4129.22. 20th c. French. Gouache. Image ©Adagp, Paris. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/projet-de-tapis-40

More designs, all in shades of blue, taken from Owen Jones’ “Examples of Chinese Ornament Selected from Objects in the South Kensington Museum and other Collections,” published in London in 1867.

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Plate II, Page 25. Design taken from a vase of blue and white china. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n24/mode/2up
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Plate III, page 31. Arranged from a blue and white china basin with decoration in the Indian manner. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n25/mode/2up
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Plate IIII, page 35. Design taken from a large vase. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n27/mode/2up

A selection from an album that contains drawings and counterproofs of Etruscan vases, jugs and amphorae. Graphite, red chalk and pen and ink with various watermarks and created by an associate of the artist Sir William Hamilton (1703-1803). Currently up for bid at Christies from whose website these are taken. Auctioned off by Christies in 1809.

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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911

Portraits of Victorian birds, done by Scottish artist Jemima Blackburn (1823-1909). Along with working in watercolors, she illustrated 27 books. Known for her work depicting birds.

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“The Young Cuckoo.” Illustration from the first edition of “Birds Drawn from Nature” which was published in 1862. Image © panteek.com. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.panteek.com/Blackburn/pages/blk158-152.htm
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Untitled (Group of hares and partridge). No exact date. Image © Trustees of the British Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1911-0425-32
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Untitled (Group of hares and partridge). No exact date. Image © Trustees of the British Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1911-0425-32
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“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” No date. Salted paper print. Image © National Galleries of Scotland. Fair use license. via https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/76727/and-abraham-said-my-son-god-will-provide-himself-lamb-burnt-offering