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Wildflowers of Colorado

Scarlett Painter's Brush
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885).
" Scarlett Painter's Brush" in The Procession of Flowers in Colorado.
Illustrated by Alice A. Stewart.
Page 2
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1886
Rare Book & Special Collections Division
Purchase, 1995 (113A.4)

By mid-life Helen Hunt had become one of the most prolific and respected poets, as well as a popular writer of children's stories and travel sketches. While visiting in the Rockies, Hunt met and married Colorado Springs banker and railroad magnate William Jackson in 1875. Her charming essay celebrating the beauty of the wildflowers of her adopted state was originally published in 1878. To honor Jackson's memory and her personal encouragement, painter Alice Stewart published and illustrated a limited edition of one hundred copies of this essay with twelve in-text marginal watercolors. This unique copy is opened to one of its extra six spectacular full-page
watercolors.

 

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