In any other book, this dramatic flower drawing would take center stage. But, when it was included in a French satire from 1867, even many scholarly collections sadly ignore it. I suppose the fantastical French ladies of Les fleurs animées, in their full-color glory are considered the prize illustrations in this 2-volume set. But, these less-colorful pieces are worth saving too. Though, in all fairness, I’m not sure if every edition of the work included these extra drawings.
Anyway, here we have a nice large, dramatic flower drawing. It features a large bloom, accompanies by a single bud and surrounded by leaves. Even without color, this drawing’s a real attention getter. Just imagine how pretty it would be with some added color!
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