Lot 13
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Slaney, Elizabeth Harriet

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Four natural history watercolour albums. [English, c. 1836]
  • paper
Three albums 365 x 270mm., the other 180 x 260mm., first three albums with 357 original watercolours of flowers and butterflies (68 from South America, 29 from Africa, 19 from India, 1 from New Holland, one from New Zealand) on thick laid paper, the landscape album with 67 original watercolours (54 birds, including 5 from New Holland, 10 from Brazil, 3 from Mexico and 3 from Cayenne), 7 signed, watermarks 1823–1836, contemporary blue half calf over marbled boards

Catalogue Note

A collection of over 400 watercolours of butterflies, birds, flowers, showing subjects from across the globe including specimens from South Africa and Australia. The artist, who has made the drawings with great precision from contemporary sources, has included Linnaean nomenclature throughout.

Eliza Harriet Slaney was the sister of the naturalist and barrister Robert Aglionby Slaney (1791–1862). The Slaney family were very much part of the nineteenth-century scientific establishment; for example, they are mentioned in several letters by members of Darwin’s circle. Robert Aglionby Slaney’s daughter Elizabeth Frances married Charles Darwin’s friend, the natural historian Thomas Eyton.