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

More butterflies by American painter Albert Bierstadt with colors as grand as his Western sunsets. No, maybe better.

Blue butterfly. 1893. American. Oil and pencil on paper. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt with love for ‘Jane, July 9, 1898” on the lower right. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Jackson Hole Art Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/88553671_blue-butterfly-by-albert-bierstadt-1830-1902
Butterfly. American. Print of a butterfly in oil and pencil on paper signed by Albert Bierstadt in the lower right hand corner. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Butterfly-by-Albert-Bierstadt/dp/B07CSTXC7F
Butterfly. 1895. American. Watercolor and gouache. Albert Bierstadt, artist. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt May 1, 1895” on the lower right. Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/paintings/albert-bierstadt-american-1830-1902-butterfly-1895watercolor-and-gouache-on-paper8in-x-10insigned-and/a/628-23124.s
Butterfly. 1890. Watercolor. Albert Bierstadt, artist. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt May 2, 1890.” Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC,  Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3100B/lots/263

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