Tulipa Gesneriana, The Duke of Sutherland, The Duchess of Montrose, The Claude, The Parrot Tulip
London: Daye & Haghe, 1840.
Print. Original lithograph with hand coloring. Sheet measures 10 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Beautiful print of five tulips, labeled with their respective varieties. This print appeared in the 1840 edition of "The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Bulbous Plants."
Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858) was an English author and gardener, known for being an early pioneer of science fiction, and for popularizing gardening as an activity for young women. In 1827, her first novel, titled "The Mummy", was published anonymously by Henry Cloburn. Published shortly after Shelley's Frankenstein, Webb's novel tells the story of an Egyptian mummy brought back to life in the year 2126. John Claudius Loudon, a Scottish botanist and horticultural writer, reviewed the novel in his periodical The Gardener's Magazine. He sought out the author after his review, unaware that she was a woman. The two married a year later. Loudon, a leading horticulturalist at the time, influenced Jane's foray into horticultural writing, publishing titles including "Young Ladies' Book of Botany", "Gardening for Ladies", and "Ladies Companion to the Flower Garden", among others. This print is a lovely example of her work.