Gleadall, Eliza Eve / The beauties of flora : with botanic and poetic illustrations, being a selection of flowers drawn from nature arranged emblematically : with directions for colouring them
The racemose Passionflower, Religious superstition, pp. Plate 1-2 ff.
BEAUTIES OF FLORA. lightly Truth her flight-; ni,,y pr'ize Id vagary driven, their blameless exercise purely be forgiven. We roam the seas-give new-found isles Some king's or conqueror's name; We rear on earth triumphal piles, As meeds of earthly fame: " We soar to heaven-and to outlive Our life's contracted span, Unto the glorious stars we give The names of mortal man. Then may not one poor flow'ret's bloom The holier memory share Of Him who, to avert our doom, Vouchsaf'd our sins to bear ? God dwelleth not in temples rear'd By work of human hands: Yet shrines august, by men rever'd, Are found in Christian lands. And may not e'en a simple flower Proclaim His glorious praise, Whose Fiat only had the power Its form from earth to raise ? Then freely let thy blossom ope Its beauties-to recall A scene which bids the humble hope In Him who died for all I" B. BARTON. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLOURING.-The neutral teint for the shading of the flowers and leaves is composed of indigo and venetian red, for the diluting of which I prefer boiled water. The corolla has first a wash of Indian yellow, to which, for the second wash, carmine is added: the darker petals are afterwards strengthened with a deeper shade of the same colours; for the more brilliant ones permanent scarlet is used. The whole is then finely worked with a long sable pencil and a greater consistency of colour until the finish is attained. The nectarium, pistillum, and stamina, are formed with Newman's constant white, touched with green and chrome yellow, No. 1. The green is a mixture of gamboge and Prussian blue, with which, for the floral leaves, carmine is blended: Cobalt blue and carmine are used in finishing the stalk.
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