Place Published: [New York]
Publisher: American Wild Flowers in Their Native Haunts
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Two scarce original 7 x 9-3/8 inches each. lithographs, hand colored, of native American flowers drawn with landscapes behind.
#1) EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS or EYE BRIGHT (yellow)
#2) LOBELIA CARDINALIS, INDIAN. FEATHER, OR CARDINAL FLOWER (red)
There is a body of water with boats image in the background of both. The colors are strong and overall very attractive. "E. Whitefield" artist printed within the image.
Some spotting on the Cardinal Flower otherwise very good condition. Spot and light streak mark on right side and paper edge of the Eye Bright yellow flower otherwise in very good condition.
Edwin Whitefield, landscape and flower painter, was born in England in 1816 and immigrated to the United States around 1840. In 1841 and 1842, he traveled along the Hudson River, painting views of Hudson Valley estates. By 1844 he was in New York City. Emma C. Embury's "American Wild Flowers in their Native Haunts", published in 1845, contained illustrations by Whitefield. Two years later he issued a series of views under the title, "North American Scenery." During this period, Whitefield taught drawing classes to supplement his income. From 1856 to 1859 Whitefield made several trips to Minnesota to promote his real estate interests; he kept sketchbook diaries of these trips. During the 1880s, Whitefield lived in Boston and Reading, Ma. and published three volumes of "Homes of Our Forefathers," showing early houses of New England. In 1888, he and his wife made a trip to England and Scotland to promote English settlement in Minnesota. At the time of his death in 1892, his only assets were unsold volumes of "Homes of Our Forefathers." quoted from From the description of Papers, 1841-1892. (Winterthur Library.
Very Good. Item #1357