Way up north with explorer of the Canadian Arctic Admiral Sir George Back who was also a talented watercolorist. Living from 1796 to 1878, he was also a naturalist.

“HMS Terror off a spectacular iceberg, believed to be in the Davis Strait, between Canada and Greenland.” 19th c. British. Watercolor. Signed “G Back” on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26404/lot/165/?category=list&length=192&page=1
“First stopped by the ice.” 1826. British. Watercolor and pencil. Signed “Capt. Back” on the lower right. Dated “July 9th 1826” on the lower left and titled in the lower center. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26404/lot/166/?category=list&length=192&page=1
“Winter houses of Esquimaux.” 1826. British. Watercolor and pencil. Signed “Capt. Back” on the lower right. Dated “July 12th 1826 on the lower right. Titled on the lower center. Used as an illustration as an engraving in John Franklin’s Narrative of a second expedition to the shores of the polar sea, in the years 1825, 1826, and 1827, (London, 1828), p.121. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26404/lot/171/?category=list&length=192&page=1

Note: thinking this depicts the summer houses of the Esquimaux (Inuit) as they appear to be made of wood and the watercolor is dated July 1826, but winter is what it says.

“Boats in a Swell amongst heavy Ice.” 1826. British. Watercolor and pencil. Signed “Capt. Back on the lower right. Dated “Aug 24th 1826 on the lower left. Titled on the lower center. Used as an illustration as an engraving in John Franklin’s Narrative of a second expedition to the shores of the polar sea, in the years 1825, 1826, and 1827, (London, 1828), p.170. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26404/lot/173/?category=list&length=192&page=1

Landscapes with mountains painted by German artist Carl Ludwig Hackert who also lived in Switzerland and made at least one trip to Italy. (1740-1796).

“An Italian palace, possibly The Reggia of Portici, Naples.” 18th c. German. Gouache within black ink framing lines. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/old-master-drawings/an-italian-palace-possibly-the-reggia-of-portici
“A view of Mont Blanc and Geneva.” 1796. German. Gouache on paper. Signed, inscribed and dated “Vue du Mont Blanc et Genève peint par Carl Hackert 1796” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5605563
“Vue de la Source de L’Arveron.” View of the Arve rising from a glacier, with men sitting on stones in the river. ca 1780. German. Hand colored etching. Inscription: Lettered with the title and signed “Carl Hackert f.” in the margin. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1958-0712-1351

Flower pictures from Ireland just a hop, skip and jump back. Andrew Nicholl, artist. Living from 1804 to 1886, he painted beaches in Ceylon too but I like the flower ones best.

“July Wildflowers.” 19th c. Irish. Watercolor on paper. Image © Irish Museum of Modern Art. Fair use license. via https://imma.ie/collection/july-wild-flowers/
“A flowerbank with poppies, harebells and marigolds.” 19th c. Irish. Pencil and watercolor, heightened with touches of bodycolor and with scratching out. Signed signed “A. Nicholl, R.H.A.” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4704754
“Wildflowers with a View of Dublin Dunleary.” 19th c. Watercolor on paper. Collections of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Image © bridgemanimages.com. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Andrew-Nicholl/126151/Wildflowers-with-a-View-of-Dublin-Dunleary-.html

Plates from W. H. Pyne’s work “The history of the royal residences of Windsor Castle, Saint James’s Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore” which was published between 1816 and 1819. These being from Volume I of three.

“Ancient Kitchen, Windsor Castle.” Image 29. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t7qp2n24k&view=1up&seq=31
“Ancient Bell Tower, Windsor Castle.” Image 52. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t7qp2n24k&view=1up&seq=52
“Staircase, Windsor Castle.” Image 108. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t7qp2n24k&view=1up&seq=108

Flower pictures from just a little while ago, at least if you are a flower. French. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, artist. Living from around 1533 to 1588, he served as official artist on Jean Ribault’s expedition to what became North Florida.

A Sheet of Studies of Flowers: A Rose, a Heartsease, a Sweet Pea, a Garden Pea, and a Lax-flowered Orchid. 16th c. French. Watercolor and gouache, over black chalk. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/364533
Apple. ca. 1575. French. Watercolor and bodycolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267Y-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O25872/watercolour-le-moyne-de/
Two narcissi and a columbine, a dragonfly and a stag beetle. 16th c. French. Black chalk, watercolor, bodycolor on an old album sheet. Inscribed in ink , probably by the artist. Watermark crescents with a crown. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-dieppe-ca-6188314-details.aspx
Red currant. ca. 1565. French. Watercolor and gouache on paper prepared as vellum. Image © 2020 Arader Galleries, Philadelphia. Fair use license. via https://aradergalleries.com/products/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-french-ca-1533-1588-bullace-2
Stavesacre. ca. 1575. French. Bodycolor and watercolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267FF-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1136622/stavesacre-watercolour-le-moyne-de/

Watercolors of Imperial Russian rooms, all in palaces and one being the study of the tsarina. Mid 19th century. Aleksandr Hristoforovich Kolb, watercolorist. Living from around 1819 to 1887, he also served as architect of the War Ministry. Participated in academic exhibitions. All of these taken from Bonhams auction catalogs.

“Interior of the Crimson study of Empress Maria, Winter Palace>’ ca. 1869. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/3/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/4/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Winter Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23438/lot/1/

Watercolors of the Church of Saint Mary, Bletchingley, Surrey, England. John Hassell, watercolorist. Living from around 1767 to 1825, he also taught drawing. Exhibited at the Society of British artists. Collections of the Surrey History Centre.

“Communion table and redodos in church.” ca. 1828. English. Surrey History Centre Reference #8291/17. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_8291_1_1_1_17
Interior of church with box pews and three decker pulpit“. 1825. English. Surrey History Centre Reference #8291/17. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/wp-content/plugins/ol-fancybox/showimage.php?image=http://cdn.collectionsbase.org.uk/SHCOL/8000plus/8291_07.jpg
“Piscina in the south chapel of church.” 1825. English. Surrey History Center Reference
8291/10. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_8291_1_1_1_10

Gardens in spring or summer to make you smile in a January snow. English. Beatrice Parsons, watercolorist. Living from 1870 to 1955, she studied at the Royal Academy Schools. Queen Mary owned 30 of her watercolors.

“Gladioli and Agapanthus.” Plate 4 from the book “Beautiful Flowers and How to Grow Them” which was published in Edinburgh in 1922. 1922. British. Image source biodiversitylibrary.org. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gladioli_and_Agapanthus_by_Beatrice_Emma_Parsons.jpg
“The Summer Garden.” Undated. Signed on the lower right. Private collection. Image © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/10551592_1568153450136205_9208930456188176400_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=z30fbnvpvKAAX_8Kdmc&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&tp=7&oh=72a6c1ecf74514a7616f47084e3fff34&oe=5FCF8C82
“Our Lady’s Flowers.” Undated. English. Image © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://thegardenstrust.blog/2014/11/08/beatrice-parsons-queen-of-the-blazing-border/

Birds. Ornithological studies done by British artist Sir William Strickland, Baronet, who lived from 1753 to 1834. All of these taken from a current auction catalog on Christie’s website.

Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel
Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel
Pencil, watercolor and bodycolor. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/sir-william-strickland-bt-1753-1834-59/102656#lot-details-image-carousel

Watercolors of fruit and flowers, done between 1828 and 1833 by Bavarian artist Kaspar Hauser about whom very little is known. Also drew.

Basket of fruit. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Fruit, flowers and acorns. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Flowers. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art
Fruit. 1828-1833. Bavarian. Kaspar Hauser, watercolorist. Image source commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art