London: Day & Haghe, 1840.
Print. Original lithograph with hand coloring. Sheet measures 11" x 8 1/4"
Beautiful botanical illustration featuring six varieties of Irises. 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. 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.