Three centuries old rose engravings

anntn6b(z6b TN)August 13, 2014

The Royal Society of England has made available prints of some of their engravings from centuries ago.
(It's a great website just to wander through.)

But being's how this is the Antique Rose Forum, I thought you'd like to look at Elizabeth Blackwell's art work of Rosa alba, Rosa rubra, and Rosa damascene.

The artist stood out for several reasons: first she was a woman back when women weren't that active in science. Second she not only did the drawings, but she made the engravings as well, which she published in a book.

And, to my envy, she must have seen the blue poppy in person, because she made a lovely plate of it as well.

This link will take you to the page with her three illustrations; on the next page is a really historic drawing of what another scientist saw when he looked at "Blight on a rose leaf"

Enjoy

Here is a link that might be useful: Page 10 of plants and flowers prints

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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

The pictures are wonderful, Ann, by which I mean all of them because I had to look at all the pages. Mark Cateby's birds are very beautiful and I also enjoyed some of Richard Waller's flowers, especially his portrait of an iris. Thank you for this uplifting experience. The news on TV is all bad and it was healing to see that man (and woman) is also capable of creating something of beauty and worth.

Ingrid

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:19AM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

Thank you Ann. What a pleasure it is to look at these.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:38AM
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true_blue(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Thanks Ann, lovely engravings.

Are you sure there is a blue poppy (Meconopsis)?

The only blue flower looks like Centaurea cyanus, (Bachelor's button)?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:05PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

You're right, True-Blue.
I was also wandering through other Blackwell sites and that's where I picked up the blue poppy.
Here's a link

Here is a link that might be useful: 'called a black poppy'

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:26PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

If ever a woman deserved to be immortalized in a movie, Elizabeth Blackwell should be at the head of the line.

For starts read this:

Here is a link that might be useful: A Curious Herbal, the story of

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:57PM
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true_blue(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Thanks for the bio, courageous loyal woman.

It seems that the link you send might have been photoshopped.

Maybe the link below is closer to the reality.

Bob

Here is a link that might be useful: Papaver nigrum

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:14PM
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vmr423(Zone 8b, SC)

I would love to see her life as a movie, but also that of Maria Sibylla Merian. Both women made great contributions to art and science, and ought to be household names...

Come to think of it, Catesby's life might make a good film also- so little is known about him, there would be plenty of room for speculative 'embroidering' of the narrative...

Thanks for the link to the engravings- lovely!

Virginia

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:32PM
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seil zone 6b MI

I love looking at old plates and these are truly wonderful, thanks!

I got seeds for two different kinds of blue poppies, Himalayan and Hungarian Blue poppies, this spring and tried to start them. Sadly none of the grew.. :(

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:25PM
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mashamcl

Beautiful engravings, and a very interesting story behind them. One of the things that caught my attention was how her "shady character" of a husband, during his time in prison, identified the plants and "provided their names in several different languages". His story seems to fascinating, too.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 7:15PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

The Missouri Botanical Garden has digitized their copy of her Herbal, which is a second edition and a bit hard to read because it's printed in German Fractur, but the illustrations are there.

Here is a link that might be useful: The second edition

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:13PM
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true_blue(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Ann thanks for the link. That's a colossal work, she's done.

I find it sad that The Royal Society sells prints, which have been altered from the original. Even the bachelor's buttons have been altered.

Seil unless you have cool summers and a nice shady/ moist spot, it is very difficult to grow Meconopsis.

I've had a lot of success with Flanders & Turkish poppies (Papaver rhoeas & glaucum). You just direct sow them at the end of winter.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:12PM
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