Antique botanical print from series titled "Familiar Wild Flowers" published by Cassell and Company, Ltd between 1878-1884. Illustrated and described by Frederick Edward Hulme who was born March 1841 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England and moved to London in 1844. He began studying art at South Kensington in 1858. In 1870 he was hired as art and drawing master at Marlborough College. In 1886 he was made professor of geometrical drawing at King's College. In 1896 he was made professor of geometrical and freehand drawing, again at King's College. He published and illustrated several works before passing away April 1909 in Kew, England.
This particular print is of flowering plants, Vicia sepium and Anthoxanthum odoratum. The Bush Vetch is of very common occurance and will ordinarily be found in woods and thickets and shady hedgerows. It flowers from mid-April through September, occasionally as late as mid-November. The plant is a perennial from one to two feet high and uses its tendrils to steady itself amidst its surroundings. The Sweet-Scented Vernal Grass is freely found in the background, as it supplies numerous points of attachment for the hold of the tendrils and is strong enough to give support without depriving the plant of it due share of air and light.
Print measures 5" wide X 7 1/2" tall and is in excellent condition for the age. Four descriptive text pages containing two charming black and white drawings are included with the purchase of this fine print.