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 two flowering plants, Potentilla tormentilla and Potentilla reptans. The Tormentil is a perennial that has smaller flowers and stalkless stemleaves. Its root is so astringent in character and contains so much tannin, that it has been largely used in the place of oakbark in tanning. The Cinquefoil has larger flowers and leaves and was formerly used as remedy for the ague. The plant was also employed for cancer, quinsy, jaundice, toothache, hoarseness, palsy, gout, sciatica and many other ailments.
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.