British Museum collections, £12.99
Height: 214.000 mm
Width: 142.000 mm
Purchased with the aid of the Pilgrim Trust and
Nuffield Foundations, the
Prints and Drawings
Jacques Le Moyne (de Morgues), Wallflowers, a Butterfly and a Snail, a watercolour with bodycolour
London, England, around AD 1585
A number of the designs from the album served as models for embroidery and other decorative work, but their high finish and meticulous naturalism suggest that they were originally made as presentation drawings. The patron is not known, but may have been Lady Mary Sidney, mother of the famous Elizabethan poet, Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86).
Le Moyne (about
1533-88) was also a writer and draughtsman of the attempt to
establish a French
In London around 1585, Le Moyne met John White who copied some of the French artist's drawings. Le Moyne's work was published and illustrated within a few years of his death.
J. Rowlands, Master drawings and watercolou (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)
M. Jacobs, The painted voyage: art, trave (London, The British Museum Press, 1995)
P. Hulton, The work of Jacques le Moyne d (London, The British Museum Press, 1977)