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, Impatiens noli-me-tangere. The Touch-Me-Not is an erect and branching plant, reaching a height of some two feet. The stems are perfectly smooth and rather succulent. The leaves are very simple with toothed edges and are a rather palish green. Each flower-stem ordinarily bears one or more large and conspicuous yellow and orange freckled six-piece blossoms. As the seed ripens, pods burst at the slightest touch and scatter the seed to some considerable distance, the effect being decidedly startling to one who is unaware of this peculiarity.
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.