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, Cnicus lanceolatus. The Spear-Plume Thistle is a biennial. Its stems are strong and stout and attain a height of some three or four feet. The large flower-heads stand singly above leaves which are deeply cut with spinous hairs on the upper surface and covered with a downy or cottony substance on the underside.
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.