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Friday, May 13, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Here are a selection of floral tidbits from across the Rosenbach collection on this beautiful May day.

A wallpaper cover for a 1743 Poor Richard's pocket almanac.
[Benjamin Franklin], A pocket almanac for the year 1743. . . By R. Saunders, philom. Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin, [1742] 742p

A watercolor painted by Marianne Moore in 1932.

A real pressed flower picture, made in Germany, also from the Marianne Moore collection.

A satirical print by George Humphrey and George Cruikshank, poking fun at Napoleon's promise to return in violet season.
George Cruikshank, etcher, after a drawing by George Humphrey, The peddigree of Corporal Violet. H. Humphrey, 1815. 1954.1880.587

A needlepoint seat on an 18th-century Irish chair.
Unknown maker, chair. Probably Ireland, ca. 1760. 1954.153

John Tenniel's pencil drawing of Alice in the garden of live flowers, from Through the Looking Glass.
John Tenniel, The garden of live flowers. [1870 or 71]. 1954.38

A decorative surround for Mark the Evangelist in a 15th-century Book of Hours.
Horae, Paris use: manuscript on vellum. France, 15th century. MS 1057/29

Happy Spring!

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