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Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer botanical illustrations, approximately 1999
.5 linear feet (2 flat oversize boxes)
Collection number: MRBC.MS.00431

Abstract:
Prints from an exhibit which featured plant portraits created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer for Jashemski's book A Pompeian Herbal. The illustrations portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations and those that still grow in the area today. The text, adapted from the book, documents the varied ways both the ancient Romans and the modern Pompeians have used these plants.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Donor Victoria I has donated her copyright to the public domain; donor does not have copyright in the Lillian Nicholson Meyer illustrations.

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Biographical / Historical

From the Smith College website: "Ancient Pompeii was famous for its gardens and flower culture. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD preserved evidence of daily life in Pompeii and surrounding towns of Oplontis and Herculaneum. Early excavations revealed frescos depicting plants, many accurately enough that we can recognize genera and some species.

Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, the pioneer of garden archeology, used sophisticated techniques such as analysis of pollen and carbonized roots, fruits, seeds, and stems, as well as plaster casts of root cavities to determine specifically which species the early Pompeiians grew and used.

This exhibit features plant portraits created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer for Jashemski's book A Pompeian Herbal. The illustrations portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations and those that still grow in the area today. The text, adapted from the book, documents the varied ways both the ancient Romans and the modern Pompeians have used these plants. Many of them can be found in the Botanic Garden's beds and greenhouses, or perhaps in your own garden."

Content Description

29 original botanical illustrations by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer, in graphite (I) or pen and ink (Meyer), for "A Pompeian Herbal" (1999) by Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Donor Victoria I has donated her copyright to the public domain; donor does not have copyright in the Lillian Nicholson Meyer illustrations.

History of the Collection

Donated by Victoria I, who had loaned them to the Smith College Botanical Garden for an exhibition, "Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants" (April 2017 - January 2018). Victoria I offered to donate them to Smith after the exhibition closed. The Botanical Garden got in touch with Special Collections and MRBC agreed to acquire them. Victoria I has both her original work and those by Lillian Nicholson Meyer because the estate executor suggested that they stay together as a collection of the original illustrations for the "Pompeian Herbal."


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Botanical illustrations
approximately 1999
29 items(29 illustrations)
Box 1 Box 2

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Subjects
  • I , Victoria
  • I , Victoria
  • Meyer, Lillian N. (Lillian Nicholson)

Genre terms
  • Illustrations


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