Annie Nowell Yard Long A Study of Roses Print
This highly sought after, scarce, yard long print is by the Victorian artist, Annie Nowell. It is an extraordinary study of pastel pink and creamy white roses on a tabletop, suggesting they were freshly gathered. In Victorian times, the pink rose symbolized that the bearer was An Ambassador of Love, while the white rose stood for the virtue of “Innocent Love”—such a sweet pairing. This yard long was titled “A Study of Roses No. 5”, and was made in 1890 as one of the Louis Prang Company watercolor studies. The Prang logo is shown at the bottom right of the print, with the corresponding date of 1890. Prang is often cited as the Father of Chromolithography, the color printing process used to produce this piece. Several stones representing each primary color would be inked, and then applied one at a time, atop previous layers. All had to align in perfect “register” or the image would blur. This piece is aligned perfectly. This print is THE oldest yardlong ever found on record. After this print was issued, similar artists such as Paul de Longpre, Grace Barton Allen, and Catherine Klein modeled their works, and produced more of the same style long horizontal print. Indeed, some feel the name Annie Nowell is a pseudoname for the artist Catherine Klein, as the style is so similar, very wispy and typical of stylized roses. There is no biographical citation for this artist, but other works by Nowell can be found in the 1890’s period. This yard long print only surfaces once in a blue moon, it is that hard to find (the last time we acquired it was over 15 years ago).
The print is set against its original aged tan mat, which now has aging and a few discoloration areas (from the old wood shingle back slats and lower right corner discoloration), confined only to the mat—they are not on the print. As these old chromolithograph prints were made with oil-based inks, there are some pinhead color lifts, mostly at the right side, easily touched up if you so desire. The mat can be easily changed, however, the print is intact in its original frame and hand-rolled glass, with the old shingle backing and square head nails. It’s not often we find a treasure like this all intact, so we’ll let the new owner decide if they want to take it apart and replace the mat. Either way, it displays handsomely. The frame is beautiful, a traditional period gesso-over-wood style frame, with roses set in high relief with gold leaves and gilt highlights on the roses. The inside edge also has gold scrollwork. Most of the gesso is intact, just a small piece from the lower right corner is missing and inpainted long ago. The frame has crazing and rubs as is customary for a piece of its age.
Shipping is an estimate. This piece is large and heavy. Any shipping overages will be cheerfully refunded. This wonderful artwork is a lovely piece of Americana, and would be just gorgeous over a bed, entryway, couch, kitchen nook, anywhere as a focal point of any rose collection.
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