Tuesday, December 23, 2014
H. Isabel Adams: Mystery Botanist and Artist
These elegant plates of species in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) are from a book called Wild Flowers of the British Isles by H. Isabel Adams, published by William Heinemann in London in 1910, in two volumes.
Isabel Adams also painted and hand lettered these elegant plates, whose style reminds me of some of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (click here for some examples)
There seems to be almost no information about Miss Adams on the web. The only substantial reference I can find is a review of her work in The Bookman in November 1910.
Does anyone know anything more about this talented lady? She also illustrated a children's book - Little Red Riding Hood and the History of Tom Thumb, published in 1904