Small Fraktur Watercolor and Hand-colored Engravings c. 1840s

Regular price $40.00

I couldn't resist this little Fraktur watercolor of bowl with fruit and flowers, inscribed as a gift to a Miss Charlotte Wetherbee from her instructress, Mary M.R., who then writes: "Oh may your downward path be be fair, may you the Saviour's image bear." I'm not entirely sure the nature of instruction, but found the fraktur along with three pages from Flora's Lexicon, An Interpretation of the Language and Sentiment of Flowers, dated 1839, which seems a pretty good indication. At the center of the hand-colored floral wreath engraving is written, in pencil, M.A. Wetherbee Ashby.

Engravings measure 7 3/8" x 4 3/8". Fraktur is 3 3/4" x 3 1/4". The latter shows a fair amount of staining/toning  and the tulip print shows a little along the left edge. Otherwise engravings are in very good condition and very lovely. Sold as a lot.