Lady Northampton’s Album

January 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm (entertainment, history, news, portraits and paintings) (, , , )


At Christie’s in December 2020, this album compiled by Emma’s “Aunt Northampton” – featuring her own watercolors, but also those of others – including her teacher and friend, Miss Margaret Meen, and her sister Emma Smith.

Miss Meen‘s work is shown in these two specimens. Click on the picture to see all 10 illustrations. I hope the album went to a good home, and will stay in “one piece”, rather than broken up into 69 “for sale” Botanicals.

I have seen some of Lady Northampton‘s work in the flesh; they are stunning.

2 Comments

  1. Vic said,

    I’ve seen reproductions of these fabulous botanical works of art. Right now, at our local museum, we are researching womens’ contributions to arts and crafts throughout U.S. history.

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      Will this researching result in a book, or an online exhibition? Sounds fascinating! Let’s face it, once women got involved, “arts and crafts” started losing its importance. It’s long past time to recognize contributions and contributors, especially the women practitioners.

      I was lucky enough – though the ‘view’ was quick (the curator had sliced me some time from her busy schedule) – to see up-close Botanicals by The Smith Sisters of Erlestoke Park: Maria (Lady Northampton), Eliza (Mrs. Chute), Augusta (Mrs. Smith) and Emma Smith that are part of the Royal Horticultural Society in London. I also saw some of the work in family albums by Lady Northampton — though, alas, not this particular album… In short, their talent – astounding; the detail – minute; the paintings – beautiful.

      Thanks for writing! k

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