‘Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands: Iliahi’ by Isabella Sinclair
Measurements: 14.5″ x 11″
Unmatted and unframed.
Includes original page description.
Provenance: From the personal collection of John Dominis Holt – Acquired from the Honolulu Museum of Art.
An original print plate from the well-respected “Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands. Forty-four Plates Painted in Water-colours and Described” by Sinclair, Isabella [Mrs. Francis, Jr.]. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1885.
According to H. St. John in Pacific Science, 1954: “This is the first book with colour pictures of Hawaiian flowering plants… Even today it has more colour plates of Hawaiian plants than any other book.”
“Published in the form of a typical Victorian ‘floral album,’ Isabella Sinclair’s series of watercolors was by far the most luxurious guide to Hawaiian flora to have been published up to that time, and FOR SUMPTUOUSNESS IT REMAINS UNSURPASSED” (Don R. Severson, Michael D. Horikawa and Jennifer Saville, Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections, Honolulu, 2002, p. 178).