Ringing In the New Year With Percy Shelley, Dorothy Parker and (Of course!) Flowers.
Botanical artists who traveled with explorers played a large part in documenting plant and animal specimens from newly discovered lands.
Although Valentien had no botanical training, he created watercolors of Californian wildflowers that are accurate, delicate and breathtakingly beautiful.
Many women in the 19th century developed a high level of skill as botanical artists but were rarely recognized as professionals.