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British Art Tea Gift Box

British Art Tea Gift Box

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Sarah Campbell by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1777)

Joshua Reynolds was considered the leading portrait painter Georgian England. His works fill the walls of London's National Gallery and The Tate Britain. You can see by the grand style of this portrait why every woman of means, including Sarah Campbell, wished to sit for him. An elegant and aristocratic Miss Campbell deserves an equally sophisticated tea blend, such as this Earl Grey-inspired black tea which is made even more evocative with the addition of bright blue cornflower petals and aromatic French lavender.

Scene near Shipton on Cherwell by William Turner (1835)

William Turner is known for his expressive colorization, imaginative landscapes, and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.  However, this idyllic river scene, inspired by the tranquil beauty of his home in rural Oxfordshire, reminds the viewer of England’s unending love of gardens and natural vistas.

I know this area of England, near Blenheim Palace, well. With those idyllic landscapes in mind, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas created a serene blend of chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint, and marigold petals - the perfect accompaniment to an equally peaceful teatime.

The Irish Girl by Ford Maddox Brown (1860)

The model for this picture was an orange seller whom Ford Maddox Brown found while scouting for models for his epic painting Work. The cornflower held by the young girl in this picture is in keeping with the message of the larger painting: one of the lowliest street sellers in Victorian London was the flower girl.

We have designed a blend based upon a deep black Sri Lankan tea with highlights of orange peel and rose petals, which remind us of her deep red shawl. The addition of blue cornflower is a homage to the flower she holds in her fingers.

Schoolgirls by George Clausen (1880)

This subject of this painting by George Clauden is a group of pupils from a ladies’ academy taking a midday walk toward the viewer, lined up in “crocodile” fashion, the eldest girls leading the way, while the bespectacled schoolmistress brings up the rear with the youngest.

This was a difficult task: what to blend for teenage girls of late Victorian England? Elmwood Inn Fine Teas concocted a daring recipe that breaks the rules by combining black tea with green tea. We added a colorful dose of currants, rose petals, blue cornflowers, and raspberries.

Not their mother’s cup of tea, it is the kind of tea that young women might find a bit more exciting.

Read the story of how this tea commission came about - The Tea Maestro Blog.

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