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Gathers paintings and descriptions of wildflowers by eight nineteenth century Englishwomen, all members of the Clifford family of Frampton on Severn and describes the circumstances surrounding the paintings' creation
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Richard Mabey is a naturalist and author. Since 1988, he has written a regular column for BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is on their advisory board. He also writes for The Sunday Times, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and The Countryman. He is the author of over 30 books on the countryside, including the award-winning Flora Britannica, Birds Britannica and Nature Cure.From Publishers Weekly:
Rousseau wrote that "the study of nature abates the taste for frivolous amusements, prevents the tumult of passions and provides the mind with a nourishment which is salutary," and, indeed, the genteel art of botanical drawing was a prevalent pastime among Victorian "ladies" of leisure. The collaborative efforts of two generations of Victorian women comprise this accomplished collection of flower paintings recently discovered in the attic of the Clifford family estate, Frampton Court, in Gloucestershire, England. British nature writer Mabey keenly suggests that the assortment of "humdrum" flowers from the environs of Frampton and more exotic blooms found in the wilder countryside reflects the peculiarly Victorian ambivalence toward the "twin passions of domesticity and expansiveness." While the pieces here are skillfully executed, the handiwork of Charlotte Anne Purnell and Rosamond Clifford is distinguished by a luminous texture and sophisticated sense of design. The paintings are grouped by locale, invoking a sense of the women having constructed a " 'permanent geography' of their ancestral territory." The assiduously studied, delicately restrained flowers provide a telling account not only of the flora of a lost age, but of the refined industriousness of their portraitists.
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