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Children's magical flowers.

England, circa 1840.
Physical Description:
1 sheet : pen and ink with watercolor and cut-paper ; 25 x 18 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 .C27 1840+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
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Drawings & Watercolors
Children's game in the form of an illustration of a plant bearing six flowers. The plant body is drawn in pen and ink, with watercolor. The flowers are made from cut paper (of yellow, pink, blue, and gray), each with eight folded petals. The unfolded interior of each flower bears eight possible fortunes, one on each petal, written in pen and black ink. Presumably the player of the game picks a petal (while the flower is in its folded form) to discover the corresponding fortune for one of the six given topics: Wishes, Ruling passion, Like best, Employment, Personal appearance, and Temper. Ruling passion, for example, includes the eight following fortunes: love, curiosity, pride, benevolence, love of dress, passion, fear, and ambition. For Personal appearance, the options are pale, tall and thin, striking, dark, pleasant, fair, blue eyes, and round face.
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain.
Flowers -- Pictorial works.
Fortune-telling -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Botanical illustrations.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.
Paperwork (Crafts)
Ink drawings.

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