Tuesday, 10 February 2015

ABC Wednesday, E for Edith an Edwardian Lady





Small uprightStJohn's Wort  Stinging Nettle, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Sweet

Branched Bur Reed, Common Flowering Rush  
  Spotted Palmate Orchis,  Rosebay Willow Herb

 




Giant Campanula and Common Agrimony



All my friends and relatives know that  I collect English books. During the time I was studying English I got many beautiful books. And one day I got "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" by Edith Blackwell Holden, in English and not long after this also the Dutch translation of this book.
The book consists of a collection of poetry and drawings of plants, insects and birds.


Wikipedia says:

"Edith Blackwell Holden (1871–1920) was a British artist and part-time 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 Gowan Bank, 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 became a world-wide best seller."

 

 




Hazel Nuts and Acorns




ABC is created by Denise Nesbitt. It has been an enormous success. We arrived at the sixteenth round and the letter E. See more lovely and interesting words starting with E.Click on the logo in the sidebar.



                          Meadow Buttercup, Common Bugle, Yellow Heartsease,          
                                                 Large Flowered Bitter Cress,  Yellow Weasel Snout



24 comments:

Cloudia said...

Such a beautiful view of nature!



ALOHA from Honolulu, Wil
ComfortSpiral
<3

Terri B said...

These are all beautiful drawings by a very talented artist.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do agree with the others!! Beautiful drawings and definitely a talented artist!! Thanks for sharing, Wil!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!

Roger Owen Green said...

I like the texture of these pictures, enhanced, I suppose, by the off-white background color.

ROG, ABCW

happywonderer.com said...

I really enjoy her illustrations. A wonderful choice for the letter E!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful drawings. The mix of colors is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

What a glorious complication of pictures. Would be great to have the book to look at often.
Ann

Hildred said...

Love this book - such a great choice for E, Wil.

Anita said...

Lovely pics.
Have a great week, Wil :)

jeannettestgermain said...

Lovely images from Elizabeth Holden! You forgot to tell me that part of studying English (just teasing you:) )...

Photo Cache said...

beautiful illustrations. i would like someday to be able to behold with my own eyes the beauty of an english garden.

My ABC WEDNESDAY

Norma Ruttan said...

add 'exquisite' to your list of 'e' words because these illustrations are that!

Jane Hards Photography said...

A new artist to me, My partner is an artist, so I do have a penchant for artwork of all kinds. Very delicate images.

Indrani said...

You have such a wonderful collection. Beautiful illustrations, each one of them.
Happy ABCW!

Meoww said...

Beautiful drawings. Enjoyed!

vonnieb1702 said...

Looking great, beautiful drawings :-)

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wauw, mooi zeg.

Soms wou ik dat ik zo mooi kon tekenen.

Fijne dag Wil

Trubes said...

Hell Wil,
I bought this book for one of our daughters as she liked sketching wild flowers.
When she moved out, she took the book with her, so I don't get to read it now... Drat !
However she will be coming home for a visit soon so I shall ask if I may borrow it.
The drawings are superb, a very talented lady.
Have a great weekend,
Best wishes,
Di,
ABCW team.

tulika singh said...

Those are wonderful sketches. She seems truly talented.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have this book (but it is in Oregon); I absolutely love it. Your post makes me want to buy another copy for our little cottage here in Florida. She was such a talented person --

Thank you for posting the beautiful sketches from Edith's book.

Brenda said...

I like these drawings. I will look for the book the next time I am at the bookstore. Blessings Wil!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Gorgeous collection...I can see why they endure♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/eastward-ho/

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Moor hens are called pukekos in NZ. They are very big. In Borneo, we have them, but they are very small.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Beautiful work. It is sad though that the creator did not get to see how well-received her work was.