CHOPPING, Richard Twenty original botanical watercolours.
No publisher. [c. 1945].
Folio (225 x 375 mm). Album in half tan morocco and patterned boards, bound by Ralph Partridge; around 80 leaves, first 20 of which each with ink and watercolour botanical illustration by Chopping mounted at large, remaining leaves blank; a little rubbing to edges, very good.
Unpublished. Chopping is now best-known for his exuberant dust jacket designs for the James Bond novels. He was, however, primarily a natural history artist and illustrator, and these watercolours are more restrained, but no less beautifully finished, than his Bond paintings. They were intended as illustrations for the projected British flora that he and Frances Partridge intended to publish, a definitive guide to the plants of the isles. The publisher Allen Lane sadly dropped the huge project due to the costs involved in the lavish production.