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William Sharp, one of the first chromolithographic printers in the U.S., created these extraordinary illustrations for the large folio Victoria Regia (1854) by John Fisk Allen. Allen, a well-known horticulturalist, cultivated a specimen of the rare, huge (up to 8 feet in diameter), fast-growing (up to an inch an hour!) water lily, native to the Amazon. After months of careful tending, the plant—named in honor of the recently-crowned Queen Victoria—blossomed on the evening of July 21, 1853. Sharp’s depictions of this exotic wonder—in various stages of bloom—were masterpieces and elevated the then-nascent art of chromolithography to spectacular new heights.
image captions: All images are from a copy of Victoria Regia in our collections. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Once again, dear tumblr friends, I’ve been turned down. I received my second rejection letter this morning, from Conville and Walsh…and I have to say it was almost a pleasure being rejected. They certainly know how to let a boy down easy! They sent me a very nice letter and wished me well for the future. Of course I realise this was a form letter, but they did fill my name in pen at the top. Bless them.
LANDSCAPE 12 by Sahin Karakoc
Charles Conder - Sunset, Sydney Harbour (ca. 1888)
“ […] for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ”
George Eliot, closing lines of “Middlemarch”
Egon Schiele, Totes Mädchen (detail), 1910
Tristan, 1910, František Kobliha. Czech (1877 - 1962)
‘I wonder if any other girl thinks her father the best man in the world!’
‘Nonsense, child. You’ll think your husband better.’
‘Impossible,’ said Mary, relapsing into her usual tone; ‘husbands are an inferior class of men, who require keeping in order.’”
George Eliot, “Middlemarch”
Drawings by Aja Johnson available in her microMACRO Etsy store.
Johnson on her work:
I am mostly inspired by repetition in nature, and biology in general. I am fascinated by the visuals in science textbooks; I spend a lot of time at my local library pouring over them searching for inspiration.
“ And from all the spires of all the London churches- the fashionable saints of Mayfair, the dowdy saints of Kensington, the hoary saints of the city- the hour was proclaimed. ”
Virginia Woolf, “The Years”
Silhouette, 1916, Man Ray.
Frau mit Sonnenschirm, 1900, Leo Putz. Italian (1869 - 1940)
Camille Claudel et Jessie Lipscomb dans leur atelier du N° 117 de la rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 1887. Photographed by William Elborne.
“ She wrapp’d it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover’d it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet. ”
John Keats, “The Pot of Basil”