Between Folds / Botanical

Material: Wild Flowers by Anne Pratt. London (Hanover Square): The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; 1852.
129 x 101cm.

Anne Pratt was one of the best known botanical illustrators of the Victorian age and 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 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 hyphen – inverted in the centre – symbolises this adjoining of folds, the pages intertwined as the roots of flowers themselves.