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Study of a flower arrangement - Christmas roses?

PAH5998
Herschel family

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Collection Herschel family, Prints, drawings and watercolours, The Herschels as artists
User collections Christmas collections by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID PAH5998
Description This 'study of a flower arrangement' was done by Louisa Herschel presumbly from life. While paintings, plaster casts of statues and parts of statues provided by their art tutor for his students to copy would have made up a large part of the Herschels' artistic education, the children were also encouraged to practice sketching what they saw around them. It is signed by the artist. Louisa, as she was known to the family, was John and Margaret's 4th child (3rd daughter) and was considered by the rest of the family to be their most accomplished artist. This is one of a series of drawings she, alongside her brothers and sisters, would have done as part of her artistic education. The Herschel daughters, and the sons before they went away to school, recieved a very intensive education at home with lessons from their mother, their father, a series of governesses and a number of specialist external tutors. While we do not have records for every year of their childhood, there does exist (in a private collection) Louisa's diary for the year 1844 and from this we can see that in 1844 those children still at home had lessons in drawing with a tutor named Mr de la Cours who came to the house every Monday.
Date made

Artist/Maker Herschel, Margaret Louisa
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials watercolour; graphite
Measurements Sheet: 224 x 289 mm
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  • Study of a flower arrangement - Christmas roses? (PAH5998)
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