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

A few more watercolors that J. R. R. Tolkien must have hidden under the desk blotter for me to find . . .

"Glorund seeks Turin." (detail).
“Glorund seeks Turin.” (detail). Undated. Bodleian Library, MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 34. © The Tolkien Trust 1977. Fair use license. via https://www.tor.com/2018/10/03/tolkien-maker-of-middle-earth-the-man-the-myth-the-coffee-table-book/

Fantasy landscape. ca. 1915.
Fantasy landscape. ca. 1915. Courtesy of the Tolkien Trust, ©the Tolkien Trust 2015. Fair use license. via https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/jrr-tolkien-art-morgan-library-1449088?utm_content=from_artnetnewsbar&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=e

"The Shores of Faery."
“The Shores of Faery.” Watercolor. Illustration for Tolkien’s book of the same name. Courtesy of the Tolkien Trust, ©the Tolkien Trust 2015. Fair use license. via https://www.wsj.com/articles/tolkien-maker-of-middle-earth-review-bringing-a-world-to-life-1532978151

Mardi Gras from the past to urge spring along. Sketches of float designs out of old New Orleans from the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University (and one marcher so wonderful I got him too).

"Ali Baba - Morgiana dances." 1927. Float.
“Ali Baba – Morgiana dances.” 1927. American. Float entry from the Mistick Krewe of Comus for a parade with the theme “Arabesques”. Watercolor on paper. Creator unknown. © Louisiana Research Collection. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:8186

"All that glitters is not Gold." 1911.
“All that glitters is not Gold.” 1911. Mistick Krewe of Comus entry for a parade with the theme “Familiar Quotations”. Watercolor on paper. Jennie Wilde, maker. © Louisiana Research Collection. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:7831

"Amenti." 1903.
“Amenti.” 1903. Krewe of Proteus entry for a parade themed “Cleopatra”. Watercolor on paper. Wikstrom, Bror Anders Wikstrom maker. © Louisiana Research Collection. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:5607

"Ammon Kneph." 1882.
“Ammon Kneph.” 1882. Costume for a Krewe of Proteus entrant for a parade themed “Ancient Egyptian Mythology”. Drawing on paper. Charles Briton, maker. © Louisiana Research Collection. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:8225

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Watercolors pretty enough for a princess’s bridal parade. Sketches of floats for New Orleans, Louisiana Mardi Gras parades from a bit back in time. All delicately beautiful.

"Ahtola-water castle - Ahto, god of ocean" float. 1893.
“Ahtola-water castle – Ahto, god of ocean” float. 1893. Krewe of Proteus entry for a parade with a Kalavala” theme. 19th c. Watercolor. Carlotta Bonnecaze, maker. @Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A9095

"Aida" float design for the 1901 Mistick Krewe of Comus entry for a parade with a "Selections from the Opera" theme.
“Aida” float design for the 1901 Mistick Krewe of Comus entry for a parade with a “Selections from the Opera” theme. 20th c. Watercolor. Jennie Wilde, maker. © Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A7446

Alaska" themed float, Krewe of Proteus entry for an 1899 parade with an "E Pluribus Unum" theme. 19th c.
“Alaska” themed float, Krewe of Proteus entry for an 1899 parade with an “E Pluribus Unum” theme. 19th c. Watercolor. Bror Anders Wikstrom, maker. ©Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A9159

Evocative watercolors in Jugendstil style of rooms in Finland by Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950). Some realized, some not but all crumbled into a heap of rubble by the end of World War II. Father of the slightly more famous Eero Saarinen.

Interior. Suur-Merijoki house. 1902-04.
Interior. Suur-Merijoki house. Left: hall, 1902. Right: Bedroom. 1904. Collection of the Museiverket, Finland. via http://kareliadiaries.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-search-of-saarinens-legacy.html.

Dining room, Hvittorp. 1902.
Dining room, Hvittorp. 1902. via http://lapisblog.epfl.ch/gallery3/index.php/20140709-01/saarinen_eliel_hvittorp_salle-a-manger_1902

Grand salon, Hvittorp, 1902.
Grand salon, Hvittorp, 1902. Photo credit: Laura Trazic. via http://lapisblog.epfl.ch/gallery3/index.php/20140709-01/saarinen_eliel_hvittorp_grand-salon_1902.

Interior for an unknown project. 1901.
Interior for an unknown project. 1901. Photo credit: Laura Trazic. via http://lapisblog.epfl.ch/gallery3/index.php/20140709-01/saarinen_eliel_interior_1901_01.

Library, Suur Merijoki house. 1903.
Library, Suur Merijoki house. 1903. Photo credit: Laura Trazic. via http://lapisblog.epfl.ch/gallery3/index.php/20140709-01/saarinen_eliel_suur-merijoki_bibliotheque_1903