JAY T. SNIDER COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPTSMEEN, Margaret (fl. 1775-1818) and other artists. "Recueil des talens et de l’amitie." An album of drawings and watercolors on paper and vellum. Scotland, c.19th century.
MEEN, Margaret (fl. 1775-1818) and other artists. "Recueil des talens et de l’amitie." An album of drawings and watercolors on paper and vellum. Scotland, c.19th century. Folio album (322 x 321mm). 32 leaves of mounted watercolors, drawings, prints, and notes (white paint oxidized in Meen painting; occasional light soiling to mounts). Contemporary red morocco gilt, edges gilt (light wear and scuffing to boards). Provenance: Marquis of Bute – Donald Heald Rare Books. An artistic album amicorum, which collects illustrations–a number by women artists, including Margaret Meen–possibly associated with the circle of John the Third Earl of Bute. The most notable work is the watercolor of bluebells and anemones by Meen, “the most outstanding woman painter associated with Kew gardens.” Among the other artists represented are Eleanor Morland, Mary Morland, Jane MacHill, and Maria Smythe—as well as John Leicester, 1st Baron de Tabley, who contributed a fine Baltimore oriole. An enigmatic limerick addressed to “Miss E. Wilson” mounted on the final page offers a clue to the makers of this work.