STANTON, F.M., artist. 'Specimens of Oriental Tinting'. An Album of 20 original botanical watercolour drawings. [N.p.: c.1830]. 2° (392 x 304mm, mounted to 441 x 360mm). 20 drawings in watercolour and bodycolour on paper depicting 19 flowers (Amaryllis Formosissima repeated), all but one with caption in gold ink, most signed 'Tinted by F.M. Stanton' or initialed 'F.M.S.', manuscript list of the flowers (including 4 not present in the album) tipped to rear pastedown with watermark 1828. English half green calf, green calf title label tooled in gilt on front cover (partly broken and crudely repaired, worn at extremities).
Oriental tinting was a painting technique much in vogue in England in the 1820s and 1830s. As W. Morgan, a drawing master in Torquay, explained in his 1830 work The Art of Oriental Tinting, it was a 'method of applying watercolour which gives [the drawings] a softness and brilliancy almost surpassing nature in the effect produced.' The method involved transferring a drawing with oriental [tracing] paper to ivory paper, velvet, or other surface, and working up the colours to the desired brilliancy. Because the design was traced, it appealed to and was practiced by talented amateurs. The creator of the present album shows a particular penchant for and familiarity with exotic flowers, such as Amaryllis Formosissima, Passiflora Racemosa, Coccinea Dahlia, Convolvolus Jalapa, Camellia Japonica, etc., and he annotates several with their place of origin (Brazil, Vera Cruz, Mexico, East Indies). A list of the flower names is available on request.