NOT A PRINT, this is an original, hand-drawn sepia ink and watercolor on paper drawing, titled at lower center "Plumeria Tricolor". Further writing in a quaint nineteenth century hand reads "A tree 30 ft. high" and "Pint. Mono. (Montego Bay??) Jamaica x gardens of Peru x N.O. Apocyness". On the reverse of the 20th century cardboard backing is an old printed label stating that this (these, as there were originally a large group apparently) is an original watercolor of "African" flowers done in 1835, by a Mrs. Margaret Farrell, with the further explanation that "her husband, an English civil service man, was sent to Africa, and to while away her time, Mrs. Farrell made these delightful watercolors in a note book of many tinted paper. Each is 9" by 11 1/2" (which is the exact size of this work) and among the subjects artistically depicted are the Magnolia Blossom, the Passion Flower, Azalea, Begonia, and many others. Priced separately from $1.20 to $2.50". There is no other hint of authorship and I am unable to locate a Margaret Farrell botanical artist from internet information. The word "Apocyness" apparently refers to the botanical family Apocynaeae, which is composed of flowering plants, most originating in the tropics and subtropics. This is a really fine old drawing and it has survived in excellent condition, with just some tape at the top holding it to the old cardboard from 20th century framing. A battered simple old frame (as found) is available upon request.
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