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Flowers and gardens
Showers, wind, sunny spells: the British summer has arrived. Flowers now adorn our streets and gardens to show Britain at its best, in time for the Olympics.
Our collections of floral imagery include Board of Trade registers containing beautiful designs for wallpapers and textiles. A similar collection of copyright registrations in COPY 1 feature simple flower illustrations.
Flower selling is also depicted in our photographs below. The hustle and bustle of Benares, India in 1944 is in contrast to the solitary seller in Victorian Britain. The flower packers’ photograph depicts the hard work that went into the flower industry.
Gardens, lakes and ponds are enjoyed across the world, from London to Tokyo. Herbert G Ponting (1870–1935) was a renowned Victorian photographer who travelled around Asia. His composed photograph of a Japanese woman in a garden shows his technical and aesthetic abilities.
Our collections contain fine examples of garden plans of famous palaces and parks in Britain. The London locations shown here are as popular today as ever before.
Floral design, H T Dixon, Kidderminster 1841/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/bt42-9-(626)-floral-design-h-t-dixon-kidderminster-1841.jpg
Catalogue reference: BT 42/9 (626)
Wallpaper design, 1839-1841/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/bt42-14-(31-32)-wallpaper-design-1839-1841.jpg
Catalogue reference: BT 42/14 (31, 32)
Sweet pea illustration/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-77-(93a)-sweet-pea.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/77 (93a)
Flower seller, 1884/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-369-f221-flower-seller-1884.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/369 f221
Flower sellers outside a Hindu mosque in Benares, India 1944/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/inf14-434-the-city-of-benares-flower-sellers-outside-a-hindu-mosque-1944.jpg
Catalogue reference: INF 14/434
Textile design for furniture, 1862-1864/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/bt43-363-(175061)-textile-design-for-furniture-1862-1864.jpg
Catalogue reference: BT 43/363 (175061)
Flower packers, 1893/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-412-(89a)-flower-packers-1893.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/412 (89a)
Winter garden at the Royal Hydro Hotel, Woodhall Spa, 1899/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-442-(2)-winter-garden-royal-hydro-hotel-woodhall-spa-1899.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/442 (2)
Regent's Park, plan of the park and lake, 1820/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/work32-584-plans-and-drawings-regents-park-plan-of-park-and-lake-1820.jpg
Catalogue reference: WORK 32/584
Hampton Court, Knot Garden showing proposed layout of plants, summer bedding/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/work34-1596-plans-and-drawings-hampton-court-knot-garden.jpg
Catalogue reference: WORK 34/1596
Japanese girl in garden, Herbert G Ponting, 1907/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-507-(200)-japanese-girl-in-garden-herbert-g-ponting-1907.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/507 (200)
Flower cart, 1884/images/imagelibrary/showcase/flowers-and-gardens/copy1-369-flower-cart-1884.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/369
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