London: Day & Haghe, 1849.
Print. Original lithograph with hand coloring. Sheet measures 11 3/8" x 8 7/8"
Beautiful botanical illustration featuring an arrangement of six flowering plants in the legume family, mostly native to south east Asia, Australia, or New Zealand. This print appeared in the 1849 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 was a leading horticulturalist at the time, and influenced Jane's foray into horticultural writing. She publishing titles including "Young Ladies' Book of Botany", "Gardening for Ladies", and "Ladies Companion to the Flower Garden", among others.