19 October 1999
Lilian Snelling (1879-1972)
Lilium ochraceum (Lily)
signed 'L.S.' (lower centre) and inscribed 'Lilium ochraceum' (lower centre)
pencil and watercolour
21.1/8 x 14 in. (535 x 360 mm.)
see A.Grove and A.D.Cotton, Supplement to Elwes' Monograph of the genis Lilium, London, 1933-1940.
Cotton notes that 'Few species of Lilium exhibit such variation as is shown by the different forms of Lilium ochraceum, a species which was originally discovered by the French missionary Delavy on the Tali range. In the northern part of its geographical area - the high, dry land of north-west Yunnan - the plants are short, the leaves and flowers small, and the colouring poor, while in its south-western limit - the warm, wet mountains and valleys of Burma - the other extreme of the species is found, namely, tall and robust plants with long, often broad, leaves and large, well-coloured flowers... The extreme forms are connected by every type of intermediate, and botanists have wisely refrained from attempting to distiguish separate species.' (pp.72-3 op. cit).
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Please note that the catalogue illustrations for lot 46 and 47 have been reversed. The upper illustration marked lot 46 is in fact lot 47, and the lower illustration marked lot 47, is in fact lot 46.
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