Above: One of my watercolors, inspired by Kilburn
William Kilburn was a watercolor artist, engraver, and textile designer in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His sumptuous floral designs can be viewed on-line courtesy of the V & A museum:
Kilburn was one of the first artists to fight for copyright for his original designs, which were being knocked-off in rival textile factories in as little as 10-days! Kilburn’s 1797 testimony before the House of Commons led to the passage, in 1798, of one of the earliest copyright acts for printed cotton designs:
Some of the things that fascinated me about Kilburn were his use of striking black and khaki backgrounds, and unusual pairings of seaweed and flowers in his designs.
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