I am always drawn to vintage illustrations…especially herbals.
One of my all time favorite illustrators is Elizabeth Blackwell and her incredible work published as “A Curious Herbal”.
While her illustrations and the heart felt detail behind them is wondrous, the fact that she went to work to publish these illustrations to help her husband out of debtors prison adds another layer of intrigue.
I use the opening page of her series as background and homage to this gifted, inspired artist. It makes me smile to think she might be very amused to know that her work, published in the mid 1700’s, lives on today in such a simple, but useful, form.
Endless thanks Mrs. Blackwell!