Vintage Art Appreciation: Summer Meadow, Pobojka by Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky

Summer Meadow, Pobojka, 1938
by Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky (1873 – 1944)

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James

Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

Free Vintage Garden Clipart for Altered Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Conversations in the Garden 1 & 2

In the best conversations, you don't even remember what you talked about, only how it felt.
It felt like we were in some place your body can't visit,
some place with no ceiling and no walls and no floor and no instruments.
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Two vintage illustrations from 1891 showing scenes from the garden.The first illustration shows three Victorian ladies chatting in the garden. Two of the ladies are sitting on garden benches while the third lady (who is wearing a veiled hat) has her hand on the shoulder of the seated lady on the left. In the background is some shrubbery and a sundial.

The second illustration shows two ladies sitting on a garden bench while a third lady stands behind them. The seated lady at the back of the bench is holding an umbrella, the lady seated in front is gazing straight ahead with a posy of flowers on her lap. The caped lady holding a purse in her hands is deep in conversation with the seated lady holding the umbrella.

You can download these free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark for altered art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here and here.

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