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Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM CDT

Art & Design

Sale 129 Lot 87

Bertha Evelyn Clausen Jaques
(American, 1863-1941)
Millow Herb, 1910
cyanotype
unsigned, inscribed in lower margin
14 5/8" x 8 1/2"

Catalog Note:
This work is inscribed in lower margin:
Millow Herb
Epilobium Coloratum
Evening primrose family

S.H. Sept. 1910
JS 10j


Bertha Evelyn Clausen Jaques was a prolific etcher and cyanotype photographer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when etching was considered out of style in America. Her subjects included botanical prints and landscapes. Both were typical for female artists of the time who had limited or no access to the subjects of their male counterparts.

Jaques is best known for her prints of wildflowers and ferns, which grew out of a desire to present something that was not only beautiful to behold, but also to promote wildflower preservation. She approached both subjects atypically. Her botanical prints are scientifically precise and removed from context or background.

Estimate $1,000-2,000

Sold for $1,625