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Plate 41. Jane W. Loudon. (Cranberry, Bell-flower, Scabious) British Wild Flowers. London: William Smith, 1849. $185.00

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Plate 41. 1. Bilberry 2. Cranberry 3. Roundheaded Rampion 4. Spreading Bell-flower 5. Common Sheep’s bit or Sheep’s Scabious 6. Water Lobelia 7. Fuller’s Teasel 8. Devils- bit Scabious

In her introduction to this work, Mrs. Loudon (1807-1858) stated her goal to be to create a work that would be useful to ladies interested in flowers and would encourage the study of botany “which has hitherto been too much neglected… I shall take only the most ornamental plants, and I shall not figure any flowers that are common in gardens. My object is to enable any amateur who may find a pretty flower growing in the wild to ascertain its name and some particulars respecting it.”

Hand colored lithograph.
11 ¼ x 8 5/8 inches, sheet.
Light overall toning.