Victorian Pressed: Sea Weed 1
frame size 25 x 31 cm; image 10 x 17 cm.
A Victorian sample of real pressed sea weed, stuck on thick paper, in a cream-coloured mount with gold line, with a gold painted bamboo style frame.
In the Victorian era, it was a popular occupation for young ladies to collect and press real specimens like ferns, flowers and sea weeds. It was a romantic but sentimental and domesticated way for women to explore the natural world who were not expected to study science for its own merits but as a social accomplishment.
[ref: 3367] £195