Lessons in Flower Painting. A Series of Easy and Progressive Studies, Drawn and Coloured After Nature - James Andrews 1835 - Charles Tilt, London - First Edition In submitting these "Lessons in Flower painting" to the public, I beg to remark, that it has been my object to render them as plain and practical as possible. There are few accomplishments more graceful, more innocent in their tendency, and more pleasing, than the art of painting Flowers after nature.

Rare step by step instructional for painting flowers by the renowned Victorian botanical artist James Andrews, with 24 lithographic plates, 12 of which are exquisitely hand-coloured

The book begins with black and white outlined sketches of foliage followed by the same plate hand coloured with recommended colour palettes, this is repeated and then the artist is then shown a plate of black and white flower sketches, followed by the same plate now exquisitely hand coloured together with recommended colour palette, the remaining plates differ in that they focus on individual flowering plants and gatherings of various flowers, again on a black and white outline paired by hand-coloured plate without the colour palettes shown.

The individual plants are - Wild Hyacinth, Fuschia, Convolvulus (Morning Glory), Canterbury Bell, Geranium, Auricula, and Moss Rose.
  This is the first printing with Andrews’ Address dated October 30, 1835, there was a second printing of this work, with the ‘Address’ dated 1836. Charles Tilt advertised this work in his publisher’s catalogue of 1836 at the price of sixteen shillings, or in six parts at two shillings sixpence each. The lithographic plates were produced by the London firm of Graf & Soret.

James Andrews (1801–76) was an English draughtsman, and successful botanical painter and illustrator noted for his accomplished illustrations. He also taught flower-painting to young ladies, and published this treatise
Lessons in Flower Painting. In 1862 Andrews collaborated with Rev. H.H. D'Ombrain to produce the beautiful was The Floral Magazine, a well-loved but short-lived publishing venture. Andrews illustrations can be also be found in many of the most well know botanical books of the era including Sarah Bowdich Lee's Trees, Plants, and Flowers (1854), Edward Henderson’s Illustrated Bouquet(1857-64).

Oblong quarto (19 x 27.8 cm). pp. [1 (Title)] [1] [1 (
Address)] [1] followed by 24 botanical plates separated by tissue guards (one plate with two tissue guards, two plates without tissue guards. In publisher’s brown cloth boards decorated in blind, front board with gilt floral border enclosing gilt lettering, yellow coated endpapers, all edges gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, evidence of former tape to inner front hinge, loss to corner of rear free endpaper, in very good binding, light wear to corners and spine ends, some fading.   Ref: 108880   Price: HK$ 14,000