New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1985. First American edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 160, indexed, illustrated with more than 140 full-color pictures. Signed by a previous owner in ink inside the front cover. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket. Item #20061
For anyone interested in the way Europeans lived in the early nineteenth century, Mary Ellen Best is a fascinating and informative artist. Her watercolors provide a unique and intimate portrait of her native Yorkshire, as well as Wales, Germany, Holland, and Belgium in the 1830s and 1840s. Far from staying at home, she loved travel and new experiences. She had no inhibitions about rejecting the subject matter of early 19th century art and painting a vivid record of her life. Recaptures an era of elegance and simplicity that vanished even during the artist's lifetime.