Why keep anything plain looking around when it could look like these. So much more fun. Plates from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London. A. Goater, lithographer.

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“Border elements of the new style. The upper may run around the architrave of a door or window, or be used in many ways as a border. The lower is suitable for a dado-rail, or, if enlarged, for a frieze.” Plate 5, page V. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/V/mode/2up
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“Grotesque dado-rail. Being formed of the hare, this is specially suited to a dining-room. Various animals may be introduced in a similar manner.” Plate 7, Page VII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VII/mode/2up
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“Diaper pattern founded on flowers. These are suitable for stencilling on the walls of rooms. They may be varied, and even simplified, in color.” Plate 8 and page VIII. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIII/mode/2up
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“An all-over pattern, suitable for a wall.” Plate 9 and page IX. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIX/mode/2up

Orchids, chromolithographic plates from Frederick Boyle’s 1901 work “The Woodlands Orchids” which was published in London. J. L. MacFarlane, lithographer.

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“Zygo colax-woodlandsense.” Frontispiece, page 9. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n9/mode/2up
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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety Cyanthus.” page 16. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/16/mode/2up
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“Cattleya Trianae Variety Measuresiae.” Page 60. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n59/mode/2up
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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety MacFarlane.” Page 47.Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n46/mode/2up

Posters with animals. British. Charles Paine, graphic designer. Living from 1895 to 1967, he started out training with stained glass but ended up designing posters instead. Most of these having been created for the Regent’s Park Zoo in London.

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“Make your home in Welwyn.” ca. 1939. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CHARLES-PAINE–1895-1967–MAKE-YOUR-HOME-IN-WELWYN-Circa-193?saleno=2538&lotNo=125&refNo=767534
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“For the Zoo, Book to Regent’s Park or Camden Town.” 1921.. Image © London Transport Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/posters/attractions/for-the-zoo-book-to-regent-s-park-by-charles-paine-1921-2318#selection=pto_finish:Matt__970;pto_frame:No%20Frame__969;pto_size:Small__961;pto_mount:With%20Mount__973
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“Uxbridge.” 1921. Lithograph, published by the Baynard Press. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/charles-paine-1895-1967-uxbridge-5727271-details.aspx
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“For the Zoo.” 1925. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Paines-Poster-Vintage-Print/dp/B01KL6YHAQ

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

Flower pictures by Victorian painter Paul de Longpré (1855–1911). Born in France he started his artistic career at the age of 12 painting hand fans in Paris. Later he went to the United States and worked there.

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Roses. Late 19th-early 20th c. Watercolor on brown paper. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/337713
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Calla lilies. 1895. Signed and dated on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://pixels.com/featured/calla-lilies-paul-de-longpre.html
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“Spring Favorites.” Published as an art supplement and distributed by the Chicago Tribune newspaper on March 31, 1895. 1895. Chromolithograph. Image © George D. Glazer 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.georgeglazer.com/wpmain/product/fine-art-flower-composition-bouquet-paul-de-longpre-pair-antique-prints-late-19th-century/
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VIolet nosegay. 1908. Chromolithograph. Serial number 1293F. Gray Lithographic Company, lithographers. Signed on the center right. Image ©2020 French Garden House. Fair use license. via https://frenchgardenhouse.com/item_7134/Antique-Violets-Floral-Chromolithograph-Print-Paul-de-Longpre-Nosegay.htm

Colored lithographs from the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair held in 1864 during the American Civil War. Loving the way the streamers and bunting are shown. Three lithographs, each one a little different.

Interior view of the Academy of Music during the 1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, as seen from the dress circle.
Interior view of the Academy of Music during the 1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, as seen from the dress circle. 1864. American. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Collection of the Library of Congress, ID #2011647801. http://www.LOC.gov. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.loc.gov/item/2011647801/
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Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. Lithograph on wove paper. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Collection of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain due to age. vai https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/243
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1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, view of the Academy of music, as seen from the stage. 1864. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Image © Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Fair use license. via https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll4/id/1952/rec/18

More drawings of marginalia for the prayer book of Maximilian I. 1515. Albrecht (Albert) Dürer, artist. Copied from lithographic copies of the originals made by J. N. Strixner and published by R. Ackermann in 1817.

Page 38.
Page 38 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/40/mode/2up
Page 42 (detail).
Page 42 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/42/mode/2up
Page 44 (detail).
Page 44 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/44/mode/2up
Page 40 (detail).
Page 40 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/40/mode/2up
Page 46 (detail).
Page 46 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/46/mode/2up

Art Nouveau with a Spanish twist. Chromolithographic plates from Gines Codina y Sert and Sebastian Trullol y Plana’s “Composiciones Decorativas” which was published in Spain around 1897.

Plate with putti.
Plate with putti. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/759912137103777404/
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Indian. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. In the public domain due to age. via https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ec/dd/f5/ecddf5e61511b4bdd64633b58f1cf335.jpg
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Plate. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. In the public domain due to age. via https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bc/c6/4f/bcc64f0c19d119f571b7d0cf6b0aaa9c.jpg
Plate 8. Russian/Byzantine.
Plate 8. Russian/Byzantine. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Drouot Digital. Fair use license. via https://www.drouotonline.com/en/lots/8910725
Plate 16. Egyptian.
Plate 16. Egyptian. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. In the public domain due to age. via https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8b/a2/76/8ba276b59b18aad00010a4d3ce24a12f.jpg
Plate. Red and gold. Lithograph.
Plate. Red and gold. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Drouot Digital. Fair use license. via https://www.drouotonline.com/en/lots/8910725
Plate 24. Indian.
Plate 24. Indian. Lithograph. M. Blasi, Barcelona, lithographer. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.pintower.com/media/698832067156495469

Travel posters that make me want to time travel back to Yugoslavia in the 1930’s when they were done. Janez Trpin, graphic designer (1908-1973).

"Winter in Yugoslavia." 1936. Color lithograph.
“Winter in Yugoslavia.” 1936. Color lithograph. Janez Trpin, graphic designer. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/janez-trpin-1908-1973-winter-in-yugoslavia-5526160-details.aspx
"Slovenija." ca. 1930's.
“Slovenija.” ca. 1930’s. Collection of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Italy. Cc0 License 4.0. via http://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it/sigecSSU_FE/ricercaFaccetteGeneriche.action?statoCosa1=1&nomeBread=Beni%20storici%20e%20artistici&authorityFileCorrelatoSchede=S4000013&nomeAutore=Trpin%20Janez&valoreRicerca=&keycodeAutore=@ICCD10522002@&sbiancaBreadCrumbs=yes
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“Visitez la Yougoslavie.” ca. 1930’s. Janez Trpin, graphic designer. Image in the public domain. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/visitez-la-yougoslavie-janez-trpin.html?product=poster

Plates from American Samuel Augustus Binion’s illustrated work “Ancient Egypt, or Mizraim” which was published in 1887 with chromolithographs by Cusack and Company of Buffalo, New York.

"The Hall of Columns in the Great Temple of Karnak, Thebes."
“The Hall of Columns in the Great Temple of Karnak, Thebes.” 1887. Image © Bonhams 2001-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24256/lot/98/
"Tomb in the Valley of Assasif, Thebes. 1887.
“Tomb in the Valley of Assasif, Thebes. 1887. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2950B/lots/185
"Elevation of the North Gate of the Temple, Dendera." 1887.
“Elevation of the North Gate of the Temple, Dendera.” 1887. Image © 2019 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/15bp02-rare-books-autographs-photographs/catalogue/383-egypt-binion-samuel-augustus
"Interior of the Temple at Deir-Al-Medineh (restored), Thebes." 1887.
“Interior of the Temple at Deir-Al-Medineh (restored), Thebes.” 1887. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://skinnerlive.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/catalog/id/503/lot/224279/?url=%2Fview-auctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F503%3Fpage%3D2%26items%3D100