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, Crataegus oxyacantha. Amongst the many beautiful plants of the hedgerow, the Hawthorne, with its masses of white flowers, the rich fragrance they yield, and the early season at which they may be found are all features that combine to render it a general favourite. Near Glastonbury Abbey stands an old Hawthorn that has been the subject of many legends. The current belief is that it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, who, it is asserted, was the first preacher of Christianity to Britain.
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.