Vivid and bright, vintage botanical print of pink morning glories, purple pansies and honeysuckle. I just love these old book plates and when they have some of my favorite flowers, it makes my day. I can almost smell the honeysuckle, can’t you?
Did you know that botanical prints like this one were a blend of a printed image and watercolors? They would use black ink to print the outlines and stripes that shade the darker areas. Then someone would use watercolors and color in the flowers – much like a professional artist specializing in staying in the lines. The result are these wonderful old book plate images that have somehow managed to survive over 150 years. They are from Lessons Fron the Vegetable World.
Are you up to the challenge of finding a great new home for this bouquet drawing? I hope so and look forward to seeing what you come up with.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.