Mrs. Lawrance's Beautiful Roses

Preceding Redouté's more famous work by some twenty years, Mary Lawrance's Collection of Roses from Nature drew on the newfound popularity of roses as an element in English gardens. Less delicate in drawing and coloring than Redouté's Les Roses, Mrs. Lawrance's roses have about them a certain charm and prettiness that one associates with the efforts of a particularly English type, the extremely skilled "amateur."

Mary Lawrance. A Collection of Roses from Nature. London: Miss Lawrance, 1799.
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