Daisies by Parris, 1836
Daisies by Edmund Thomas Parris, engraved by William Thomas Fry, 1836
This print is from the book Flowers of Loveliness, 12 Groups of Female Figures Emblematic of Flowers. Each full page image is accompanied by verses written by Marguerite Gardiner (1789 – 1849), Countess of Blessington, which help clarify the intended symbolism. Referred to as the language of flowers, it was a very popular means of communicating during the Victorian Era. It was a way of sharing messages without relying on verbal discourse. Daisies are emblems of innocence, tenderness, and simplicity.
Edmund Thomas Parris (1793-1873) was a prolific painter, illustrator, designer, and art restorer. In 1832, he was appointed history painter to Queen Adelaide. Around 1838, he was commissioned to paint the Coronation of Queen Victoria. As a panoramic painter, he was involved in a number of large scale projects. He also restored James Thornhill's paintings in the cupola of St. Paul's cathedral in 1852, using a special scaffolding he had invented in the 1820's when the project was first proposed. Parris also developed a special art medium that resembled a fresco when mixed with oil.
William Thomas Fry (1789–1843) was among the earliest engravers to experiment with using steel plates. He was a skilled portraitist and many of his plates continued to be used by publishers even after Fry's death, due to the high quality of the images.
- Naomi Bean