Charming Amateur Watercolor, Signed and Dated 1841

Charming Amateur Watercolor, Signed and Dated 1841

This engaging and imaginative watercolor is signed “Sara Shelly, 1841”. The Shellys were a prominent family in Hereford Township, Berks County, PA during the late 18th and 19th centuries. During the 19th century they were noted for producing a considerable body of folk artwork. This piece by Sara was very likely inspired by a very popular book, Anne of Geierstein, or The Maiden of the Mist (first published in 1829). This romantic historical novel by Sir Walter Scott features a hero and heroine from the Lancaster and the York families of England. The adventure story revived popular interest in The Wars of the Roses, a series of dynastic wars for the throne of England. The name Wars of the Roses refers to the heraldic badges associated with the two royal houses, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. Size (excluding authentic period frame): 7 ½” X 9 ½”

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