Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).
London. circa 1731- 1739.
Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9.5 inches. Very good condition. Conservation matted to 16 x 20 size; decorative matting with marble band and three lines. Image shows the flower and botanical details. From Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. Item #29496