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Wickham, Harriet, 1766–1847

Album of watercolors of flowering plants in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

England, 1796-1803.
Physical Description:
1 volume (74 drawings) : watercolor and gouache over graphite ; 40 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2016 34
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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View catalog record for: Wickham, Harriet. A collection of English grasses.
Drawings & Watercolors
Harriet Wickham (1766-1847), of Cottingley Hall, Leeds, was an amateur botanist and sister of the famed diplomat and spymaster William Wickham (1761-1840).
Also present in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art is an album of drawings of English grasses, made by Wickham ca. 1792-1808 (Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, SB202.G7 W53 1792+). See link provided herewith.
Bound in green wallet-style cloth, with brown endpapers. Wove paper watermarked J. Whatman.
With the armorial bookplate of William Russell Grace
Album of watercolors of flowering plants in Yorkshire and Cumbria, drawn by Harriet Wickham, of Cottingley Hall, Leeds, from 1796 to 1803. Many of the drawings in the present album are of specimens from her family garden at Cottingley, or in the vicinity. The album includes 74 drawings on 67 leaves; 72 of the drawings are watercolor and gouache over graphite, two entirely graphite, one watercolour on sheet tipped into the album. Each drawing is captioned in manuscript and dated.
The album includes: Yellow Poppy, Bryony, Convolvolus Major ("an annual that grows naturally in Asia and America, this drawing taken from a plant in Miss Dixon's hothouse at Newlaithes, July 18 1796"), Snow Drop, Cipripedium ("Ladies Slipper, grows in Helms Wood near Ingleborough in Yorkshire, this drawing taken from a plant in the garden at Cottingley, May 25th, 1798"), Fly Orchis, Scarlet Thorn, Dactura Arborea ("drawn from a plant in Mr. Salisbury's hothouse"), Ferraria Pavonia ("from a plant raisd by Mr Stodgson and the first that ever flowerd in England. The seeds were brought from California, drawn at Everton July 23-1798"), White Water Lilly, Wild Hyacinth and many others.
Subject Terms:
Flowers -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Gardens -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Grace, William Russell, 1832-1904 -- Bookplate.
Plants, Ornamental -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.
Graphite drawings.
Armorial Bookplates (Provenance)
Grace, William Russell, 1832-1904, former owner.
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