Victorian Foliage Designs by James K. Colling
The leaf is one of the most prevalent and beautiful motifs in art and design, and Victorian artist James Colling's work is a virtuoso exploration of its infinite variety. Based upon painted designs as well as motifs found in historic woven textiles, wood carvings, ironwork and stonework, his magnificent plates showcase over 300 black-and-white designs that range from the naturalistic to the stylized. Artistic renderings of foliage from many species of trees and plants — oak, maple, poppy, ivy, ferns, thistle — are complemented by designs incorporating buds, fruits and flowers. These lovely permission-free designs will also serve as a source of inspiration for artists, designers and craftspeople. Original selection of plates from Art Foliage for Sculpture and Decoration with an Analysis of Geometric Form and Studies from Nature, of Buds, Leaves, Flowers, and Fruit, London, 1878 second revised edition.