Floral costumes, perhaps intended for dancers. One for each month of the year, the dress for each month including seasonal flowers and fruit. Mid 19th c. Watercolors, some heightened with gold and silver with captions in pencil.Done by “Barenne”, who was probably an accomplished amateur artist. From the website of Justin Croft as well.

Costume with black ribbon trim. Mid 19th c. Watercolor.
“August.” Mid 19th c. Watercolor. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/6412/costume-barenne/les-12-mois-aquarelles/
"December."
“December.” Mid 19th c. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/6412/costume-barenne/les-12-mois-aquarelles/
"April."
“April.” Mid 19th c. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/6412/costume-barenne/les-12-mois-aquarelles/

There are twelve in all, one for each month. More coming!

A selection of watercolors and sketches from an album by Rosalie Boyle who lived in the parish of Woodford, Essex, England which show scenes from the life of an average lady of that time period, 1862-1870. Quite interesting. From the website of antiquarian bookseller Justin Croft.

"Some pretty pictures are to be obtained between Geneva and Paris."
“Some pretty pictures are to be obtained between Geneva and Paris.” interior of a railway sleeping compartment on the Geneva-Paris line. 1862-1870. Image Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/search/?vl_tag=social+sciences&vl_page=4
"And doth not a meeting like this make amends (pocket knives at a premium."
“And doth not a meeting like this make amends (pocket knives at a premium.” 1862-1870. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/search/?vl_tag=social+sciences&vl_page=4
"Sand Hoppers."
“Sand Hoppers.” Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/search/?vl_tag=social+sciences&vl_page=4
"Charlie - Charlie this is not in the  Programme!'
“Charlie – Charlie this is not in the Programme!’ Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/search/?vl_tag=social+sciences&vl_page=4

Imperial Russia. Watercolors of something that seems only dreamt up but once was real. These by Russian watercolorist Vasily Sadovnikov (1800-1879), who was a leading Russian master of perspective painting.

Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845.
Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845. Private collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://arthive.com/artists/1921~Vasily_Semenovich_Sadovnikov/works/13728~The_interior_room_in_the_house_of_the_princes_Golitsynyh
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“Nicholas Hall” from the album “Interiors of the Winter Palace.” 1857. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.arthermitage.org/Vasily-Semyonovich-Sadovnikov/Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Nicholas-Hall.html
The Field Marshal's Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852.
The Field Marshal’s Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Field_Marshal%27s_Hall,_Sadovnikov.jpg
"Arch of the General Staff building." 1830s.
“Arch of the General Staff building.” 1830s. Image courtesy staratel.com. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sadovnikiov_Arch_of_General_Stuff_Building_1830s.jpg

Art in bright colors seen through a Cubist eye. Oscar Bluemner, artist. Living from 1867 to 1838, he was from Germany but came to America in 1892 and worked here.

glowing-night
“Glowing Night.” 1924. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain. via https://news.artnet.com/art-world/1924-public-domain-day-2020-1744266?utm_content=from_artnetnewsbar&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=US%204%3A30%20p.m.%20afternoon%20newsletter%20for%201%2F6%2F20&utm_term=NEW%20US%20NEWSLETTER%20LIST%20%2890%20DAY%20ENGAGED%20ONLY%29
"Jersey Silkmills." ca. 1911-1917.
“Jersey Silkmills.” ca. 1911-1917. Oil on canvas. signed with conjoined letters “OBlümner” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/oscar-florianus-bluemner-1867-1938-jersey-silkmills-5846378-details.aspx
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“West Quincy.” Mixed media on paper. Signed with conjoined initials “OFB.” dated and inscribed “West Quincy Je15-24/Yard at W. End of ” ” near W-RR W.” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/oscar-bluemner-1867-1938-west-quincy-5534093-details.aspx
"Rosy Light." 1927.
“Rosy Light.” 1927. Watercolor on paper. Signed “BLUMR” in the lower left corner. Collection of the RISD Museum, Providence. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://risdmuseum.org/art-design/collection/rosy-light-199200123#content__section–use–769461

Flowers that bloomed in the Monheim Palace Gardens when the Renaissance was blooming too. 1615. Selections from the florilegium “Hortulus Monheimensis,” commissioned by magistrate Wolfgang P. Brandt who was the magistrate for Monheim in eastern Bavavia.

"Gartenblume Corona imperialis Kaiserkrone." 8r, page 27.
“Gartenblume Corona imperialis Kaiserkrone.” 8r, page 27. 1615. Watercolor. Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Image © Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Fair use license. via https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=viewer&bandnummer=bsb00011751&pimage=00027&lv=1&l=en
Figures 157 and 158. 14, page 39.
Figures 157 and 158. 14, page 39. 1615. Watercolor. Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Image © Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Fair use license. via https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=viewer&bandnummer=bsb00011751&pimage=00039&lv=1&v=100&l=en
Figures 156 and 159. 18, page 47.
Figures 156 and 159. 18, page 47. 1615. Watercolor. Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Image © Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Fair use license. via https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=viewer&bandnummer=bsb00011751&pimage=00047&lv=1&l=en
Number 28, page 67. 1615.
Number 28, page 67. 1615. Watercolor. Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Image © Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. Fair use license. via https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=viewer&bandnummer=bsb00011751&pimage=00067&lv=1&l=en

Watercolors of rooms in the Doge’s Palace in Venice with lots of people wandering around. Italian. Giovanni Battista della Libera, artist (1826-1886).

"La salle de Grand Council." ca. 1850.
“La salle de Grand Council.” ca. 1850. © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/wall-decorations/paintings/giovanni-battista-della-libera-rare-set-of-six-watercolor-views-doges-palace/id-f_16692871/
"Antichambre de la salle du collège." ca. 1850.
“Antichambre de la salle du collège.” ca. 1850. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/wall-decorations/paintings/giovanni-battista-della-libera-rare-set-of-six-watercolor-views-doges-palace/id-f_16692871/
"La salle du collège." ca. 1850.
“La salle du collège.” ca. 1850. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/wall-decorations/paintings/giovanni-battista-della-libera-rare-set-of-six-watercolor-views-doges-palace/id-f_16692871/

Off to the lake for a bit. American. John Whorf, watercolorist (1903-1959).

"Camp by the Lake." 20th c. Watercolor.
“Camp by the Lake.” 20th c. Watercolor. Signed “John Whorf” in watercolor and numbered “17” in pencil and titled on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via
"Fisherman in canoe." ca. 1939. Watercolor.
“Fisherman in canoe.” ca. 1939. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2013-2019 Don Barese Fine Art. Fair use license. via https://donbaresefineart.com/for-sale/fine-art/impressionist/john-whorf-fishermen-in-canoe/
"Campfire."  20th c
“Campfire.” 20th c. Signed “John Whorf” on the lower right. Inscribed with title on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © Betty Krulik Fine Art, Ltd. Fair use license. via http://bkrulikfineart.com/portfolio-items/john-whorf-campfire/
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Watercolor. 20th c. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://cristinafaleroni.blogspot.com/2014/03/john-whorf-1903-1959.html?m=1