I have called these Snippets because they will be short anecdotes about the everyday happenings in the library. They will include comments, quotations and images relating to items in the library, the search for new acquisitions and all rose related subjects.
I would be pleased if you felt able to comment and leave your thoughts and ideas. Click on the heading and a comments box will appear at the bottom of each snippet.
- R A Foster . . continued. . .
Continuing the R A Foster theme . . . .I have been looking for her paintings, either watercolours or oils, to buy for some long time now but have only found ones that have been sold in the past. To my amazement, last week nine came along at once in an auction house in Cornwall. I did the only decent thing possible but the problem was I was not the only buyer after them. Perhaps I should stick to buying her postcards.
I would love to find out who was selling them as they must be a collector and I would also love to know who the underbidder was as they also must be interested in her paintings.
I will share some photos when I receive the paintings but for now these are some of the paintings she had published as postcards.
- R A Foster update.
For some time now I have been researching into the life and work of the flower artist Rebecca Ann Foster or R A Foster as she always signs her work. She first held my attention when I discovered her beautiful paintings of roses on postcards that were published at the beginning of the 20th century. She was, however, a fine artist who exhibited many paintings in various galleries. Together with information about her life I am endeavouring to compile a list of the works she produced and the postcards she had published.
To add complication to this I have, in the last week, discovered that there have been a number of prints published by one of the companies who published her postcards. When I feel I have finally achieved my task I will include the research in one of my stories.
- Do you remember?
This beautiful garden sadly exists no longer. It died in 2017 along with the Royal National Rose Society. Fortunately out of the ashes has arisen The Rose Society UK, which is going from strength to strength.
- The Soul of the Rose.
About a year ago, before our lives changed so suddenly and drastically, I was about to have printed a book of rose stories ‘The Soul of the Rose’. It was to include 30 stories and many images, also quotations and verse. Now that plan has changed. I am not only showcasing the museum on line but also the stories that were to be in the book. They include some amazing people . . . . . .
- A new style of rummaging!
I know there are many things we have missed over the last few months but I hate to admit that it is the antique fairs, bazaars and shops that I have missed most of all. At least I have discovered more auction houses and antique sites on line which have enabled me to rummage in a different way. The art postcard collection has certainly grown, the Limoges brooch collection too. One or two more paintings have also found their way into the gallery section of the library.
- Collecting a memory.
The best thing about collecting is very often the memory that is attached to the discovery. This pretty but otherwise insignificant cup and saucer holds one of the best memories for me. Found in a brocante in France it was, looking back, one of those unforgettable moments when everything was perfect.
- A Great New Website.
I am delighted this new website is ready for me to showcase my collections of rose memorabilia. The previous Rosarian Library site focussed mostly on the books but this one will include the Library, Gallery and Museum.
I am hoping many of you, who also love roses, will enjoy my Snippets and Stories as well as the images of the collections.
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