Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Bookshelf: A Victorian Flower Album by Henry Terry

As much as online imagery is very inspirational I do not want you to miss out on the wealth of amazingly wonderful books available. So the 'Bookshelf' is to become a new feature to Creative Sketchbook, showcasing a range of highly recommended books that you may want to add to your collection, both old and new. If you are anything like me you will probably spend most of your time looking at the beautiful pictures but hopefully they will inspire you too.

There has got to be something said about the beauty of flicking through an old book, the worn edges of the pages, the slightly ripped cover and old 'book' smell. I have got to admit I have a love of old books for their natural charm and was delighted when I was given this book as a present for my Birthday from my very kind and thoughtful Mum. Thank you Mum, you are the best!

The original version of 'A Victorian Flower Album' was lovingly created by a Victorian father as a keepsake for his children in the spring and summer of 1873. The beautifully painted watercolour flowers selected were hand picked by his children. I love how there is no specific structure to the book, other than the order that his children picked the wildflowers from the surrounding meadows. The illustrations have handwritten Latin names of each flower which adds to the overall visual beauty of the book. I love the delicacy of the illustrations and how the natural beauty of the wildflowers has been captured so lovingly.

'A Victorian Flower Album' by Henry Terry is available to add to your collection by clicking below or on the Amazon link to the left!


  1. Such a lovely and thoughtful find from your Mum - and a great source of inspiration too!

  2. I just found this book in a second hand store today.. and I'm so in awe with this book. What a gem! So educational, inspirational and beautiful. I wish I could thank M. Terry for such a wonderful book he created- that is still around and being circulated around the world 140 years later!


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