Between Folds / Botanical (b/w)

Wild Flowers by Anne Pratt. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; London 1853.
168 x 117 cm

Francisca found the black and white imprint of Wild Flowers, having already worked with the coloured version two years earlier. The attraction and nostalgia of black and white illustration is made all the more intimate through the original owner’s colouring-in of the early pictures in the book. Beginning with every colour, slowly the inky washes become fewer and fewer, before fading away – with the owner’s concentration – entirely. Reminiscent of the shape of a plant, the stalk of the ‘f’ grows in monotone detail to bloom in colour at its head like a flower, telling the unique story of proud owner and precious book.


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