May and June New and Notableon May 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm
XVIIe Siecle, c. 1880, Auguste Racinet. Chromolithograph.
Persan, c. 1880, Auguste Racinet. Chromolithograph.
Auguste Racinet (1825-1893) flourished in the late 19th century as a renowned chromolithographer specializing in the study of the grammar of the ornament. His Handbook of Ornaments, published in the 1880s, consisted of one hundred plates showing his interpretation of traditional design tastes that dated back to antiquity. These ornamental plates were studied by architects, designers, artists, textile craftsmen, jewelry makers, and more. This collection of vibrant designs is one of the most remarkable works of chromolithography from the second half of the 19th century.
Geranium Tribe, 1849-55, Elizabeth Twining. Hand-colored lithograph.
Elizabeth Twining (1805-1889) was born into a wealthy tea trading family, which afforded her the best education that could be provided to a woman during the 19th century. Included in her studies were drawing and art lessons, travel, and access to important museum collections. Elizabeth was a noted admirer of many great botanists and was inspired to draw plants from life at famous gardens including the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and the Lexden Park in Colchester. Twining joined a select group of women, including Maria Merian and Elizabeth Blackwell, in achieving monumental publishing undertakings in a time when even a privileged woman's life was extremely restricted.