Watercolors of fruit so perfectly done they look real. American. Royal Charles Steadman, botanical illustrator. Living from 1875 to 1964, he was a botanical illustrator and wax fruit modeler for the United States Department of Agriculture.

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“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” Specimen 88882. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007419&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875
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“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” 88882a. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007420&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875
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“Limes/Citrus aurantiifolia from Havana, Cuba.” Specimen 103823. October 30, 1923 image. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00006377&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875

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

Watercolors of rooms in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud back when the Empress Eugenie lived there. French. Jean Baptiste Fortuné de Fournier, artist (1797-1864).

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“La Chambre à coucher de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_la-chambre-a-coucher-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle?force-download=215088
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“Le Salon des officiers de service à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-salon-des-officiers-de-service-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle
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“Le Cabinet de toilette de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud. 1860. Watercolor. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-cabinet-de-toilette-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle_1860?force-download=215068

 

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

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

Art Déco figures in gold and white. British. Stanislaus Soutten Longley, creator (1884-1966).

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“Icarus.” 20th c. British. Watercolor heightened with gold paint. Signed “LONGLEY” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2000-2020 askART. Fair use license. via https://www.askart.com/artist/Stanislaus_Soutten_Longley/11114639/Stanislaus_Soutten_Longley.aspx
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“Spirit of the Wind.” 20th c. British. Gouache, silver paint, gilt paint, and pencil. Signed “Longley” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21839/lot/78/
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“Narcisse.” 20th c. British. Watercolor with silver paint on paper. Signed “Longley” on the lower right. Artist’s label on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Christies. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/stanislaus-soutten-longley-british-1884-1966-13-c-z9xlpxoxph#

Pet cats and their kittens by British artist Minnie Rosa Bebb. Living from 1857 to 1938, she was the daughter of the artist James Bebb. Studied art in Bath. Queen Victoria owned several of her paintings. Painted puppies, too.

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“Kittens Playing.” No date. Watercolor. Signed. Image © 2020 Richard Gardner Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.richardgardnerantiques.co.uk/shop/sold/minnie-rosa-bebb-arwa-watercolour-cats-kittens-animals/
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“Supplementary Supper.” No date. Collections of and photo © Royal West of England Academy. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/supplementary-supper-185331
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“A Pair of Kittens Watching Wasps on a Bowl of Fruit.” 1899. Watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/minnie-rosa-bebb/a-pair-of-kittens-watching-wasps-on-a-dish-of-LD5htJLOqKCSb8n6fRVMCg2

More from the wonderful “Catalogue des tableaux de Mr. de Jullienne,” an album compiled by Jean-Baptiste-François de Montullé around 1756 which has watercolor illustrations showing where various pieces were hung in the collector’s house. Mr. De Jullienne having been a collector in 18th century Paris. If only we could all time travel back and stop in to take a look around. Collections of the Morgan Library and Museum, New York.

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“Chambre à Coucher de Madame, côté opposé a la cheminée.” Number 9, page 32. Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over preliminary indications in black chalk, on paper. Image © Morgan Library and Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/jean-de-jullienne/album/23
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“Chambre à Coucher de Madame, côté opposé aux fenêtre.” Number 10, page 34. Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over preliminary indications in black chalk, on paper. Image © Morgan Library and Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/jean-de-jullienne/album/24
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“Chambre à Coucher de Madame, côté opposé côté opposé la cheminée.” Number 11. Page 36. Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over preliminary indications in black chalk, on paper. Image © Morgan Library and Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/jean-de-jullienne/album/25

Watercolors of palatial looking interiors possibly belonging to the lord of the manor down the street by Bavarian painter Franz Xaver Nachtmann who worked in Munich. (1799-1846). Also painted flowers for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory..

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“The Dressing Room of King Ludwig I at the Munich Residence Palace.” 1836. Pen and ink, gold paint, gouache and graphite on white wove paper. Collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann_-_The_Dressing_Room_of_King_Ludwig_I_at_the_Munich_Residence_Palace_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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Elizabeth of Bavaria’s bedchamber, Tegernsee Castle. 19th c. Collections of Castle Ringberg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/a/nachtmann-franz-xaver/elizabeth-of-bavarias-bed.html
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Munich Residence; Queen Therese of Bavaria’s writing cabinet. 1835. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann,_Schreibkabinett_M%C3%BCncher_Residenz.jpg

Watercolors with interesting trees. English. Francis Towne, watercolorist. Living from 1739 or 1740 to 1816, he studied under the court portraitist John Shackleton.

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“Entrance to the Grotto at Posilippo, Naples.” 1781. Watercolor and gray ink over graphite on slightly textured cream laid paper. Inscribed “Number 9” in black ink on the upper left and “Naples” on the upper center. Collections of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Francis_Towne_-_Entrance_to_the_Grotto_at_Posilippo,_Naples_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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“View of Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall, Ambleside, Lake District.”No date. Pen and brown ink and watercolor, lightly incised, on a sheet of roman paper with deckled edges. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/features/Why-Francis-Towne-is-having-a-moment-7482-1.aspx
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“Inside the Colosseum.” 1780. Watercolor with pen and ink. © The Trustees of the British Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/features/Why-Francis-Towne-is-having-a-moment-7482-1.aspx
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“A Study of a Tree Blown Down in Peamore Park, Near Exeter. No date. Pencil, pen and grey ink and watercolor, on a double sketchbook page. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/features/Why-Francis-Towne-is-having-a-moment-7482-1.aspx