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, Primula veris. The Cowslip is one of the characteristic flowers of the spring. Like its near relative the primrose, it may fairly be considered one of the flowers of the poets; Shakespeare and Milton frequently introduce it in their writings. It contains a large quantity of honey and is therefore a great favourite with the bees. It has been requested in many parts of the country for the making of wine. In olden times the Cowslip was deemed particularly beneficial in all paralytic ailments and is often called the palsey wort.
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.