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 noble Lady's Slipper, Resemblance, pp. Plate 10-19 ff.
19 10. RESEMBLANCE. Cypripedium insigne. The noble Lady's Slipper. Natural Order. Class and Order. ORCHIDEX. GYNANDRIA DIANDRIA. THE Noble Lady's Slipper has not yet found its way into the language of flowers; from its peculiar character it is, however, here placed as the emblem of Resemblance. Fairest resemblance of thy maker fair, Thee all things living gaze on." MILTON. The heart's affections--are they not like flowers ? In life's first spring they blossom; summer comes And 'neath the scorching blaze they droop apace; Autumn revives them not: in liquid groups They linger still, perchance, by grove or stream, But winter frowns, and gives them to the winds ;- They are all withered !" HENRY G. BELL. This most singular and fragrant tribe of plants, styled by the French " Le Sabot de la Vierge," or Le Soulier de NMtre-Dame," derives its name from the Greek Cupris, ' Venus,' and podrdn, a ' slipper,' in allusion to the elegant slipper-like form of the labellum. The Cypripedium insigne is a native of Nepaul, and was introduced into this country in 1819. This species, with many others that Europe has received from China, America, and New Holland, has not hitherto found its way into the language of flowers. It is found inhabiting the mountains and meadows of the cooler parts of the globe, whilst other Orchidee adhere by their tortuous roots to the branches of the loftiest trees of the tropical forest, to which their blossoms often lend a beauty not their own. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLOURING.-A wash of yellow green may be given to the corolla of the Lady's Slipper, excepting the tip of the larger petal and the slipper, the former being left white, the latter requiring yellow alone. The spots having been previously shaded with grey are heightened with carmine and green; the slipper and veins are also worked with the same colours. A few of the spots are touched with smalt and lake; this compound is applied to the stalks, which are finished with sepia.
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