Fruit and flowers from a 1930 seed catalogue from J. V. Bailey Nurseries, Dayton Bluff Station, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Collections of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library

Grootendorst rose (see page 17). Title page/page 2 of a 1930 J. v. Bailey Nurseries’ catalogue. Collections of and digitalized by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CAT31332055/page/n2/mode/1up

Latham raspberries. Page 4 of a 1930 J. v. Bailey Nurseries’ catalogue. Collections of and digitalized by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CAT31332055/page/4/mode/1up
Currants and grapes. Page 5 of a 1930 J. v. Bailey Nurseries’ catalogue. Collections of and digitalized by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CAT31332055/page/5/mode/1up
Wealthy and McIntosh apples. Page 8 of a 1930 J. v. Bailey Nurseries’ catalogue. Collections of and digitalized by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CAT31332055/page/8/mode/1up
Minnesota number 1 pear. Page 9 of a 1930 J. v. Bailey Nurseries’ catalogue. Collections of and digitalized by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CAT31332055/page/9/mode/1up

Flowers of Switzerland. Pressed alpine flowers from an album created by Michael Caviezel who was a teacher and forest warden at Pontresina in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland. All of these taken from the same lot which is up for sale from Michael Laird Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Pressed Alpine flowers and moss, page from an album of Swiss flowers. ca. 1860-1880. Swiss. Michael Caviezel, maker. Image © 2022 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/3264/michael-caviezel/alpine-herbarium-album-of-composed-of-pressed-swiss-flowers-and-plants-flora-de-la-suisse-cover
Pressed Alpine flowers and moss, page from an album of Swiss flowers. ca. 1860-1880. Swiss. Michael Caviezel, maker. Image © 2022 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/3264/michael-caviezel/alpine-herbarium-album-of-composed-of-pressed-swiss-flowers-and-plants-flora-de-la-suisse-cover
Pressed Alpine flowers and moss, page from an album of Swiss flowers. ca. 1860-1880. Swiss. Michael Caviezel, maker. Image © 2022 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/3264/michael-caviezel/alpine-herbarium-album-of-composed-of-pressed-swiss-flowers-and-plants-flora-de-la-suisse-cover
Pressed Alpine flowers and moss, page from an album of Swiss flowers (detail). ca. 1860-1880. Swiss. Michael Caviezel, maker. Image © 2022 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/3264/michael-caviezel/alpine-herbarium-album-of-composed-of-pressed-swiss-flowers-and-plants-flora-de-la-suisse-cover

Thinking I met Michael Laird at the antiquarian fair here that I think was in the fall of 2019. Before COVID, anyway. Maybe not.

Never enough flower pictures. Six large botanical studies of flowers done in Calcutta (Kolkata), India. ca. 1800-1805, by Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition.

Inscribed Polygamia Monoccia. {Sterculia fomes of Buchanan / Heritiera litoralis of Aiton.}at lower left, and Soondrie at lower center. 1800-1805. Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor heighted with gum arabic on watermarked paper. Done by unnamed local Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-and-carpets/six-large-botanical-studies-of-flowers-india
Inscribed Pentandria Monogynia. / Ipomea tuberculata of Buchanan. at lower left on the recto, the verso inscribed in pencil by Francis Buchanan ‘Number 4 / Pentandria monogyria / Ipomia tuberculata Buch:/ it seems to be the same with no 17.’;1800-1805. Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor heighted with gum arabic on watermarked paper.Company school, by unnamed local Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-and-carpets/six-large-botanical-studies-of-flowers-india




 
Inscribed ‘Indian Camomile at upper center; Goolly dauoody at the lower center, and ‘Syngenesia P.Superflua. / Chrysanthemum indicum of Linnous.’ at lower right. 1800-1805. Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor heighted with gum arabic on watermarked paper. Done by unnamed local Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-and-carpets/six-large-botanical-studies-of-flowers-india


 
Inscribed Monandria Monogynia. / Costus arabicus of Linnaus at lower left and Khaoo at lower center. 1800-1805. Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor heighted with gum arabic on watermarked paper. Done by unnamed local Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-and-carpets/six-large-botanical-studies-of-flowers-india

Inscribed Monadelphia Polyandria. / Buncaposs. Hibiscus vitifolius, of Linnaus at the lower right. 1800-1805. Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor heighted with gum arabic on watermarked paper. Done by unnamed local Indian artists trained in the Mughal tradition. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-and-carpets/six-large-botanical-studies-of-flowers-india

Imagery from Anton Seder’s “Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe” which came out in around 1886. Published in Vienna.

Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe herausgegeben von Martin Gerlach. Verlag von Gerlach & Schenk in Wien. Page 9. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n8/mode/1up
Die Pflanze: Chrysanthemum Fragaria. Page 25. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n24/mode/1up
Die Pflanze. Page 27. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n26/mode/1up
Die Pflanze: Chrysanthemum. Page 28. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/diepflanzeinkuns01sede/page/n28/mode/1up

Flower pictures and illustrations by Australian artist Ellis Rowan (Marian Ellis Rowan). Living from 1848 to 1922, she was also a botanical illustrator and did a series of illustrations on birds, butterflies and insects.

“Flame Azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum . 1901. Australian. Offset color reproduction of a painting that was used as an illustration in Alice Lounsberry’s 1901 work Southern Wild Flowers and Trees. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died in 1922 and because it was published in the United States before 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rhododendron_calendulaceumCDP119A.jpg
One of six studies of Australian flora and funghi of Papua New Guinea. Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and bodycolor on card. Signed on the lower left. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5115271
“Golden rod and grasses.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/
“Sunflower daisy.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/
“Flowering Plum.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/

More flower pictures, these being colored etchings done in the 18th century by Magdalena (Maddalena) Bouchard who flourished ca. 1772 to 1793. Daughter of the publisher/bookseller Giovanni Bouchard, she probably worked in Rome.


Germander (Teucrium boeticum): flowering stem.” 1775. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/bxa4wq32
Waterwort (Elatine sp.): flowering stem.” 1770s. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/wvdjb7nk
Periwinkle (Vinca sp.): entire sterile plant.” 1772. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/khvqyfww

The biographical information about Magdelena (Maddalena) Bouchard is taken from her entry on the website of the Royal Academy in London which has more of her lovely flowers. See it and them here https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/name/maddalena-bouchard

Fish, birds and plants, plates from Mark Catesby’s two volume 1754 folio “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants.” Second edition.

“Suillus” (?). Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Turdus Rhomboidalis” (upper) and “Turdus” (lower image). Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Cancer clieîis crafsifsimis.” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Live oak” (left) and the large red crested woodpecker (right).” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Ardea (heron)” and “Lobelia.” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of

Watercolors of flowers. American. Annie Gooding Sykes, artist. Living from 1855 to 1931, she was the daughter of a silversmith. Studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy.

“Still Life with Chrysanthemums.” Undated. American. Watercolor and gouache on artist’s board. Signed in watercolor on the lower left. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ANNIE-GOODING-SYKES-Still-Life-with-Chrysanthemums?saleno=2575&lotNo=71&refNo=778303

“Gladiolus Garden.” ca. 1900. American. Watercolor on cream wove paper. Signed in pencil over red ink on the lower left. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ANNIE-GOODING-SYKES-Gladiolus-Garden?saleno=2575&lotNo=72&refNo=778301
“Lillies in Bloom.” 20th c. American. Watercolor. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/art/drawings-watercolor-paintings/landscape-drawings-watercolors/annie-gooding-sykes-lillies-bloom/id-a_421482/

Floral designs from Minton Pottery, taken from a looseleaf notebook labeled “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries ” Archival ID#SD 1705-MS1769.

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Design with flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with purple and yellow flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with white and red flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with white and red flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Flower pictures, these from 1878. Illustrations taken from “Vick’s Flower and Vegetable Garden” Published by James Vick in Rochester, New York.

“Annuals.” Page 74. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/74/mode/1up
“Perennials.” Page 120. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/120/mode/1up
“Lillies.” Page 144. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/144/mode/1up
“Hardy bulbs.” Page 154. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/46834115?utm_medium=social_media&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Collections%20Highlight&utm_content=Smithsonian%20Libraries#page/154/mode/1up