Summer Sunlight (Isles of Shoals)1892 by Childe Hassam (1859–1935). Oil on canvas.
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A Curious Herbal
Notable both for its beautiful illustrations of medicinal plants and for the unusual circumstances of its creation.
Elizabeth Blackwell was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as both the artist and engraver for the plates of “A Curious Herbal”, published between 1737 and 1739. The book illustrated many odd-looking and unknown plants from the New World, and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries.
Blackwell undertook this ambitious project to raise money to pay her husband’s debts and release him from debtor’s prison. She drew, engraved, and colored the illustrations herself, mostly using plant specimens from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.
It was an artistic, scientific and commercial enterprise unprecedented for a woman of her time.
[ source: Turning the Pages - National Library of Medicine ]
The frontispiece to The Accidents of Youth (1819), a book of short stories and wonderful engravings aimed at keeping young people out of trouble and “calculated to improve the moral conduct of children”.
See more here: http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/04/15/the-accidents-of-youth-1819