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, Ajuga reptans and a grass, Festuca elatior. The Bugle is a perennial found in damp shady pastures and woods. Its purplish-blue flowers come about the end of April and last until nearly the end of June. The Tall Fescue Grass is a graceful perennial species and flowers in the early part of summer.
Print measures 5" wide X 7 1/2" tall. However, depending on personal taste of the buyer, the print may have a preferred frameable area of 4" X 6" because original owner of book has penned in the word "Rye" and scored through the words "Tall Fescue". Still, the print 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.