Fire Places7 illustration pages. Hard copy available in Special Reserve, Ultimo.
Garden Flowers by Jane Loudon16 plates from the early Victorian artist Jane Wells Webb Loudon (19 August 1807 – 13 July 1858). The plates here have been scanned and digitally edited so that the image is as clean as possible.
Galerie des Modes 1778-178724 very high resolution illustrations showing French fashion in the last hedonistic years of Louis XVI. For a comparison with Napoleonic and post Napoleonic styles, see 'Incredible and Marvelous Paris, 1810-1818'. The publication and prints are from a French series called "Costumes and Modes of the Past". The publication was printed in Paris possibly around 1870.
The Grammar of Ornament by Owen JonesA definitive guide - 2,000 original engravings complete with informative and insightful descriptions - ethnographic art, a tool for those working in jewellery, fashion, interior design, or textiles. Providing insights into the history and modern popularity of these ethnographic patterns, this book is informative and beautiful in equal measures. Originally published in 1856.
Japanese TextilesWoven and Embroidered Japanese rugs and wall hangings. Very high images in pdf format.
La ModeThis set of plates come from a French fashion publication of the middle decades of the 19th century. The plates show details, color and shape of contemporary dress. Almost the entire collection consists of ladies formal wear.
The originals were printed on cheap thin paper for mass distribution in the 19th century. They are brittle, display blemishes, marks and color loss. These images have been enhanced digitally for optimum color and clarity.
Les Heures de la Parisienne 184018 high quality images from a French publication showing high fashion in Paris after Napoleon. The publication and prints are from a French series called "Costumes and Modes of the Past". The publication was printed in Paris possibly around 1870.
Mid Victorian Costume, 1860-1880English Fashion, later than the French illustrations shown in "the Hours of the Parisian", etc.
Although the crinoline continued to dominate, its shape altered during this period into a more oval configuration. The front and sides were flattened but the fulness was emphasised at the back. This gradually developed into the bustle which reached its fullest extent by about 1875, after which it gradually diminished until at the end of the period it disappeared altogether showing the true line of the hips once more.
The quality of the images is not as high.
Pennsylvania German DesignsFrom the introduction: THE value of early Pennsylvania German design is its honesty as folk art. It is bold and direct. There are no extra ornamental flourishes to confuse the essential form. In almost every instance the pattern fits the object; the relationship is never forced but is one of naturalness.
They are very hand crafted.
Traditional national costumesThis is Costume book 1 of the 'Histrionic Club' signed by Alexandre Lacauchie, a prominent lithographer of early 19th century Paris.
It should be noted that the illustrator is portraying an idea of what foreigners wear (costume), rather than being an actual representation.