The investigation of landscape, nature and ecology in contemporary art has its roots, in part, in the legacy of Romanticism and the search for man's place within the world.

Friday, June 10, 2011

June - The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady - Edith Holden

Book Description

From the writer of "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", these "Nature Notes" from 1905 feature a selection of Edith Holden's watercolours of birds, flowers and landscapes, together with journal extracts, anecdotes and poems.

Edith Blackwell Holden (1871–1920) was a British artist and art teacher, known in her time as an illustrator of children's books. Much influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, she specialized in painting animals and plants. Holden was made famous by the posthumous publication, in 1977, of her Nature Notes for 1906 under the title The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. She was living in Kineton Green Road, Olton, Solihull in 1905-6 when she recorded the notes. The collection of seasonal observations, poetry, and pictures of birds, plants, and insects—which was never even considered for publication when it was composed—had the nostalgic charm of a vanished world seven decades later. It was a best seller.

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