Passiflora caerulea 1753
Etching, coloured by hand, by Mary Lawrance.
London 1 May 1799
''Only five complete copies of Miss Lawrence's A
Collection of Passion Flowers (London: 1799-1802) are known. The work was
published, without text, in six parts of 3 plates each.
Mary Lawrance (later Mrs. Kearse), flower painter, exhibited at the Royal
Academy from 1795 to 1830. She lived during a period when flower painting was
considered one of the necessary social accomplishments for ladies and she was
able to charge up to half-a-guinea a lesson. She 'is said to have been the
possessor of much personal charm and was exceedingly popular in London... [she]
obtained her botanical specimens for her drawings from various nursery gardens,
including the famous Vineyard nursery at Hammersmith... It was thought to be an
honour for the owner as well as the flower when Miss Lawrance painted its
portrait' (Henrey II, pp.580-581).''