- Emily Eden (1797-1869)
- Hand-colored lithograph From Portraits of the Princes and Peoples of India London: J. Dickinson & Son, 1844
- Curatorial Notes:
- A well-educated daughter of an English diplomat, Emily Eden was a poet and novelist who spent five years traveling in India with her sister and brother, the latter serving as the British Governor General of India. Her account of the journey documents her struggles with the humidity, the political and cultural landscape. The portraits here were composed during a trip through the north, where the group met with royalty in an attempt to gain favor for the British Empire.
- David Kelly Crow
Women Creators 2 items
The artists that define the British color plate book genre were those who could afford to do so—having the monetary and cultural capital to travel the globe and obtain publishing support. The women who contributed works offered their own visions of the British empire that reflected their own lived experience of it. The art is more domestic and more personal, depicting floral scenes curated by people or scenes of the people themselves. Here, we have two ruminations on life beyond landscape: one woman who illustrated the people who populated the places she traveled, the other, the plant life that made it so.