AYLESFORD COUNTESS- BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS- (Louisa Finch, Countess of Aylesford, 1760-1832).
Two albums of original botanical watercolours. 2 volumes. Large folio (500 x 390mm), c. 1790-1820.
Comprising: GRASSES, 1 page manuscript index and 99 original watercolours mounted within watercolour borders & CLASS V. ORDER 2 TO 6, 1 page manuscript index and 84 original watercolours mounted within watercolour borders. Contemporary uniformly Russia, blind-tooled decorative borders around blind-stamped central coat-of-arms of the Earl of Aylesford to covers, gilt greek key turn-ins, uniformly rebacked, richly gilt decorated spines in 7 compartments, with red gilt lettered label, gilt edges.
An interesting pair of volumes featuring highly accomplished and detailed watercolours by Louisa, Countess of Aylesford, from a set of twenty-seven volumes originally sold from the Aylesford Library at Christie's in 1888. She was born at Longleat in Wiltshire, the eldest daughter of Thomas Thynne, 1st Marquess of Bath, she married Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford. The volume on grasses has a caption below each image giving the English and Latin nomenclature of the plants, the exact date as well as in most cases the name Packington (the Aylesford estate at Packington) where the plants were probably collected and drawn. The second volume pictures plants as Chenopodium, Gentiana, Pimpinella, Oenanthe, Caucalis, as well as a number of Umbelliferous plants. The fine drawings show Louisa to have been not only an accomplished draughtswoman but also a keen student of botany. Two mounts empty and some sheets missing from the numerical sequences.
Item nr. 9672
The price shown does not include 9% V.A.T. As a result of the EU legislation we are required to charge our EU customers 9% V.A.T., unless they possess a V.A.T. registration number.