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, Linaria cymbalaria. The Ivy-Leaved Toad-Flax is a perennial with flowering time extending from May into September. The flowers are small and of a delicate lilac, with the palate being bright yellow. The backs of the leaves are of a reddish purple colour. The plant is sometimes called by country folks the "mother of thousands" as it is found very profusely, seeming to thrive best on rocks and old walls.
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.