Each year Art Herstory offers a new holiday card design, which features (of course!) a work by a woman artist. In 2021, we presented Art Herstory’s first botanical holiday card: an amaryllis by Priscilla Susan Bury, a British artist of the nineteenth century.
This year, we expand on the botanical art theme. The 2022 holiday card reproduces “American holly / Ilex opaque” by American artist Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860–1940).
The original art is from a digital art file from the Smithsonian Institution book North American Wild Flowers, published in 1925. Sharp-eyed readers will note that a leaf on the left side is abruptly cut off. We assume that this is because the full artwork (with the whole leaf) did not fit in the available space for the holly plate in the book. The faint lines framing the artwork on the right, and underneath, also likely relate to the art’s presentation in the book, rather than to the original drawing.
We do not know where the artwork (a watercolor, perhaps?) is held, assuming it still exists. Art Herstory is grateful to Biodiversity Heritage Library for making the digital art file of the book plate accessible.
Art Herstory holiday cards are larger than Art Herstory note cards. They are A7 format (5×7″). They are available for sale in a 10-pack with holiday-red envelopes, or as individual cards (with matching envelopes) in an eco-friendly clear sleeve. The inside sentiment reads “Season’s Greetings.”
To order Art Herstory holiday cards online, visit the online Art Herstory Shop.
Limited quantities of Art Herstory Christmas cards from previous years are still available:
- The Nativity of Christ, by Orsola Maddalena Caccia (Italian, 1596–1676)
- Adoration of the Magi, by Artemisia Gentileschi (Italian, 1593–c.1654)
- E. F. Seedling Amaryllis 1819, by Priscilla Susan Bury (British, 1799–1872)
Posts about Art Herstory Cards:
Announcing Six New Art Herstory Note Cards (Fall 2020)
More Art Herstory Christmas Card and Stocking Stuffer Options:
Interested in women botanical illustrators from past centuries? Read these Art Herstory guest posts:
Curiosity and the Caterpillar: Maria Sibylla Merian’s Artistic Entomology, by Dr. Kay Etheridge
Alida Withoos: Creator of beauty and of visual knowledge, by Catherine Powell
The Protofeminist Insects of Giovanna Garzoni and Maria Sibylla Merian, by Prof. Emma Steinkraus
Women in Zoological Art and Illustration, by Ann Sylph, Librarian of the Zoological Society of London