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Creator:
W., Ellen.
Title(s):

Album of cut-paper flowers.

Published/Created:
Great Britain, circa 1835.
Physical Description:
1 volume (23 collages) : cut paper, collage ; 29 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QK98.2.W3 A43 1835+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Classification:
Visual Materials
Notes:
The leaves of the album are watermarked 1835. The black sheets of paper on which some of the designs are executed may be watermarked 1827.
Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped green morocco, with dentelles, gilt edges, and marbled endpapers. There is also an original needlework botanical picture of a spray of roses mounted onto each inner board, executed in the style known as Berlin woolwork ("Type of embroidery beginning in the 19th century, usually worked in worsted yarns following a colored pattern drawn on a graphed chart; named as such because early major supplies of these patterns, yarns, and canvas came from Berlin. Primarily a Victorian phenomenon."--Getty Research, Art and Architecture Thesaurus.)
Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 49
The album contains 23 cut-paper flower collages, in the style of Mary Delany, created by an "Ellen W.", circa 1835. The compositions are all unsigned, but the first non-blank leaf bears a cut-paper wreath encircling the name "Ellen," and the front cover of the volume is gilt-stamped "E.W."
The flower compositions fill up a large portion of each 28 x 22 cm page; some are affixed to the album's matte white paper, others to glazed black paper. Ellen W. was clearly influenced by the work of Mary Delany (1700-1788) who, at the age of 72, began to create botanically accurate "paper mosaicks" in handcoloured tissue paper set against a black ground.
The album also includes one botanical watercolour painted onto an actual leaf.
Subject Terms:
Delany, Mrs. (Mary), 1700-1788.
Flowers -- Pictorial works.
Women in natural history.
Form/Genre:
Cut-paper works.
Collages (visual works)
Embroidery.
Textile materials.
Berlin woolwork.
Botanical illustrations.
Watercolors.
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