Between Folds / Botanical

Wild Flowers by Anne Pratt. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; London 1852.
129 x 101 cm
2010

Anne Pratt was one of the best known botanical illustrators of the Victorian age and here her near 200 wild flowers are delicately told in fine wood engravings. The bright colours of green leaves, buttercup yellows, pinks and blues are lined next to their elaborative text in columns, a natural wallpaper that tells the history of each small flower. Each fan of petals and reaching stem is interwoven with its Latin name or description through the careful pairing of pages; a visual and descriptive homogony of wild flowers. A hyphen – inverted in the centre – symbolises this adjoining of folds, the pages intertwined and connected as the roots of plants themselves.

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