Jane Wells Loudon. Plate 57. [Centaurea] From The Ladies’ Flower-Garden of Ornamental Perennials.
London: William Smith, 1843. Approximately 10 1/2 x 8 (paper). Lithograph by Day & Haghe. Excellent original hand color. Light spots. Else, very good condition.
From a colorful and wonderfully decorative set of prints from Mrs. Loudon’s famous Ladies’ Flower Garden. Designed both as an instructive work to educate the cultured woman and as a visual delight, the prints nicely achieve both aims. Delicately lithographed and cheerfully hand colored, the flowers are arranged in attractive bouquets. These are indeed fine examples of the high quality craft of the nineteenth century.