BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR ALBUM - "A Selection of Orchids from Kew Gardens, Drawn and Coloured from Nature" [title on upper cover of one volume], in 2 vol., 102 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS OF ORCHIDS, [c.1860]
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BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR ALBUM - "A Selection of Orchids from Kew Gardens, Drawn and Coloured from Nature" [title on upper cover of one volume], in 2 vol., 102 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS OF ORCHIDS, [c.1860]
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BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS
[TAYLOR (ELLA, attributed to)] "A Selection of Orchids from Kew Gardens, Drawn and Coloured from Nature" [title on upper cover of one volume], in 2 vol., 102 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS OF ORCHIDS, each depicting between one and four species, all captioned, and all but a couple signed with initials "E.T.", mounted one per page (45 in titled volume, on blue cardstock, with manuscript page of index, tissue guards; 57 in other, on cream paper, pages numbered 1-55, 67-68, others blank), image page size approximately 350 x 250mm., or slightly smaller, half morocco, one lettered in gilt on upper cover, g.e., slightly rubbed, folio (480 x 380mm., and 415 x 310mm.), [c.1860]

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  • AN ALBUM OF 102 FINE WATERCOLOURS OF ORCHIDS, by a very accomplished amateur artist thought to be Ella Taylor (1827-1914) who during the 1860s made prolonged stays at Cambridge Cottage in the grounds of Kew Gardens. An album of sketches by Taylor is held in the Royal Collection, Windsor. Several are signed "E.T." (as in the present album), and one depicts an exhibition of watercolours and another people admiring an album of Ella's sketches.
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