1847 – Simplicity


“Simplicity” is a full page book plate illustration from “Green’s Nursery Annual”, published by Darton & Clark, for 1847. The book contains a number of colour illustrations by Weir, some of the earliest known. In this case, the illustration has been done to accompany a beautiful poem, taken from “The Juvenile Forget-Me-Not”, for 1832. It is written by Mr Laman Blanchard, upon the picture of a boy, endeavouring to lay salt upon the tail of a bird. We know that this particular artwork was likely to have been produced in 1846, as a gift inscription inside the book is dated Christmas of that year. The colours in this illustration are vibrant, having already lasted for nearly 170 years. The enlargements in the details provided, attest to that. Weir formed a long and lasting friendship with the Darton publishing family. One member of the family wrote a tribute to Weir which is included on this site. An ideal print for a young person’s bedroom, currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.


Detail: Simplicity, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Greens Nursery Annual 1847

Detail: 1847 – Simplicity                                       Book Cover:  Green’s Nursery Annual, 1847

Detail: Simplicity, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Simplicity, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1847 – Simplicity

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