19th C Large Scrapbook Page Composition with Very Fine Botanical Watercolor at Center

Regular price $125.00

I've used a magnifier to confirm that the flowers at the center of this scrapbook page are indeed done in watercolor--so finely it is quite difficult to imagine how, but so it is--glorious! That panel certainly deserves to be at the center, but there are delights everywhere here, with collaged images and clippings and very carefully handwritten text all carefully arranged and commenting on one another. I especially like the "bottle imp" at lower left. Photos tell the story best, so lots of details. The maker (who seems to acknowledge the watercolor having been done by someone else) includes his name in a verse at bottom center: Bernard Barton. 

13 5/8" x 9 5/8". Minor losses to corners, overall very good condition. 2nd half 19th century.