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 a flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis. The great Valerian should be looked for in damp and shady situations. It is a perennial found throughout Britain and flowers during June, July and August. The large size of the plant with its crowning mass of light-coloured flowers make it conspicuous when seen growing in the sylvan shades. The root has valuable medicinal qualities, while the leaves have been applied by country folk to fresh wounds.
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.