At Lyme Park in Cheshire there is a group of small watercolours of interiors by Sybil Legh (pronounced Lee), painted in 1897 and 1898.
The Leghs had been at Lyme since about 1400.
Sybil Legh wasn’t a professional watercolourist, but she certainly had an eye for framing a view.
All of the watercolours include houseplants and flowers.
There was a project a few years ago recreating and photographing a number of documented historic flower arrangements, including the examples shown here.
Flower arrangements are of course the most ephemeral of creations – but in this case they were recorded in the book Flora Domestica: A History of British Flower Arranging, 1500-1930, by Mary Rose Blacker.