An attractive and accurate Victorian chromolithograph of a Peony which was illustrated by Anne Pratt and published in The flowering plants, grasses, sedges, and ferns of Great Britain (London: Frederick Warne and Co.,1855-1866).
Anne Pratt (1806 – 1893) was one of most well known botanical illustrators of the Victorian era. Born in Strood, Kent in 1806, she suffered from ill health as a child which restricted her from leaving the home ? to occupy herself she was encouraged to take up drawing. Under the influence of Dr. Dods, a family friend, she became interested in botanical illustrations.
At the age of 20 she became a professional book illustrator specialising in botanical pictures. In a career spanning five decades she wrote over 20 books illustrated with chromolithographs made from her drawings. She wrote in a ‘popular style’ and depicted each flower and plant accurately. As a result she was responsible for the popularising of Botany in Britain. Her fine illustations were a common sight in the school classrooms of the period. It is regrettable that she never achieved the critical acclaim she richly deserved on the grounds that she was self taught.
- This is an original chromolithograph.
- Printed area is approximately 11cms by 19cms.
- The print is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame acid-fee mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 140 years old.