Natural History Art, Botanical, Primula Veris, Cowslip, Continental School, Pair Antique Watercolors
Primula Veris Flore Palido, No. 34
Primula Veris Flore Luteo, No. 43
Continental School: c. 1800
Watercolors on paper
20 x 24 inches, overall
17 x 10.75 inches, border
$1,300, the pair
Pair of original early botanical paintings of varieties of Primula veris, a member of the primrose family commonly known as the cowslip. As is typical for the era, the rendition is very precise with an emphasis on the scientific aspects rather than decorative flourishes — possibly for a study of the plants as herbal remedies, since cowslips have medicinal uses. Each specimen is shown in a ruled border with flowers, leaves and roots, and hand-lettered calligraphic inscriptions giving the plate numbers and titles.
Paper watermarked: IMPERIAL
Condition: Generally good, toned overall, and with scattered foxing.
Grieve, M. “Cowslip.” from A Modern Herbal. 1931. Online at Botanical.com. 1995-2005. http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/cowsl112.html (15 June 2005).