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, Oxalis acetosella. The Wood Sorrel is one of the typical flowers of the woods, and may also be found in mountain districs sheltering in crevices of the rocks. During April and May, the flowers are present in pure white and delicately streaked with purplish-pink veins. A conserve of the leaves was also for a long time a very favourite remedy in malignant fevers, in scurvy and in all ailment suggesting the use of a cooling and acid drink.
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.