London: Dean and Son, 1866. First edition. Matted in Rag Board. A fine and rare original hand-colored lithograph. Octavo (8.5 x 7 inches). Finely matted in double ivory rag matting with gilt French line decoration.
In the classic tradition of an illuminated manuscript, this charming print was executed by an unidentified gentlewoman; an artist and naturalist simply known as "A Lady" whom by the unfortunate plight of a physical malformation became an outcast to Victorian high society. Seeking solace she traveled to the far reaches of Ceylon and Corfu, where she developed her inherent gifts here represented with her insightful depiction of the native flora and fauna of the Far East. Brightly colored butterflies, insects or birds intermingle with rich blossoms or native grasses, or perch on finely detailed branches of fruit and berries, all surrounding the fine poetic expression of this keen nineteenth century naturalist. Fine. Item #2105