Drawing Book of Flowers & Fruit
Drawing Book of Flowers & Fruit
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Drawing Book of Flowers & Fruit

ANNE HILL, 1844

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Drawing Book of Flowers & Fruit
Anne Hill, 1844
HILL, Anne (d. 1852). Drawing Book of Flowers & Fruit. Philadelphia: Edward C. Biddle, 1844.

"One of the rarest American works to depict botanical and horticultural subjects illustrated with hand-colored lithographs" (America Pictured to the Life). Hill was a skilled teacher and the first principal of the Philadelphia school of Design for Women, but died tragically only a few years after taking up the post in a steamboat explosion on the Hudson River. Her "work fell somewhere between art instruction and more technical scientific illustration, providing lessons in technique while emphasizing the need for accuracy in drawing and coloring in botanical illustration. The plates were printed by the workshop of James T. Bowen" (ibid.). Only one other copy is recorded at auction in the past 50 years. America Pictured to the Life 64.

Oblong quarto (223 x 297mm). Lithographed additional title and 17 lithograph plates, some hand-colored (some light spotting, pigments smeared on one plate). Contemporary gilt stamped cloth (worn, a little loose).

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