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Edward Lear’s Nonsense Botany (1871–77)

- July 16, 2019 in binomial classification, botany, Carl Linnaeus, edward lear, flowers, nonsense, plants, taxonomy

The Victorian artist and writer turns his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy.

The Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (1857)

- June 26, 2019 in emotions, floral, flowers, language

Ever wondered what sentiments the various flowers express? The Victorians have you covered.

Plants and Their Application to Ornament (1896)

- April 25, 2019 in decoration, design, Eugène Grasset, floral, flowers, graphic design

Eugène Grasset's wonderful pictorial summation of his key ideas about natural forms and decorative motifs.

Ogawa Kazumasa’s Hand-Coloured Flower Collotypes (1896)

- March 13, 2019 in collotype, early photopgraphy, flowers, japan, meiji period, Ogawa Kazumasa

The stunning floral images here are the work of Ogawa Kazumasa, a Japanese photographer, printer, and publisher known for his pioneering work in photomechanical printing and photography in the Meiji era. Studying photography from the age of fifteen, aged twenty Ogawa moved to Tokyo to further his study and develop his English skills which he […]

Ogawa Kazumasa’s Hand-Coloured Flower Collotypes (1896)

- March 13, 2019 in collotype, early photopgraphy, flowers, japan, meiji period, Ogawa Kazumasa

The stunning floral images here are the work of Ogawa Kazumasa, a Japanese photographer, printer, and publisher known for his pioneering work in photomechanical printing and photography in the Meiji era. Studying photography from the age of fifteen, aged twenty Ogawa moved to Tokyo to further his study and develop his English skills which he […]

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

The Concealed Erotic Paintings of Sommonte (19th Century)

- July 6, 2017 in erotic, flowers, hidden art, sex, Sommonte, Summonte

A wonderfully unique object, at first glance merely a painting of roses, but with hidden erotic scenes beneath.

The Concealed Erotic Paintings of Sommonte (19th Century)

- July 6, 2017 in erotic, flowers, hidden art, sex, Sommonte, Summonte

A wonderfully unique object, at first glance merely a painting of roses, but with hidden erotic scenes beneath.

The Concealed Erotic Paintings of Sommonte (19th Century)

- July 6, 2017 in erotic, flowers, hidden art, sex, Sommonte, Summonte

A wonderfully unique object, at first glance merely a painting of roses, but with hidden erotic scenes beneath.