Ladies’ Flower Garden, V.2

Jane Webb Loudon

The Ladies’ Flower Garden, Vol. 2 (1844) was written and illustrated by Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858). The 50 hand-colored chromolithographs include many varieties of flowers grouped as bunches, which was a signature artistic method of Loudon’s.

This volume was contributed for digitization by Smithsonian Libraries for inclusion in Biodiversity Heritage Library. Explore more of Jane Loudon’s works in BHL.

Varieties of Chrysanthemum indicum

Plate 86: Beardtongues
1. Gentian-like Penstemon (Penstemon gentianoides)
2. Slender Penstemon (Penstemon gracilis)
3. Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon laevigatus)
4. Bell-flowered Penstemon (Penstemon campanulatus)

Plate 95: Irises
1. Chalcedonian Iris (Iris susiana)
2. Florentine Iris (Iris germanica)
3. Nepal Iris (Iris germanica)
4. Savannah Iris (Iris tridentata)
5. Dwarf Iris (Iris verna)

Plate 63: Bellflowers
1. Campanula medium
2. Campanula alpina
3. Campanula alliariifolia
4. Campanula barbata
5. Campanula sarmatica
6. Campanula punctata

Wouldn’t these look great hanging on a wall? You can download high resolution versions of these illustrations, along with many others, from Biodiversity Heritage Library! Learn more here.

Catesby’s Natural History

Catesby's Natural History1st Ed., Vol. 1 (1731)

Mark Catesby was an English naturalist, scientist, and scientific artist whose multi-volume series, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands was the first scientific work documenting the flora and fauna of North America. Volume 1 from the first edition was created over the period of 1729 to 1732, and this particular volume was digitized by Smithsonian Libraries for inclusion in Biodiversity Heritage Library. This volume covers many of the birds and plants that Catesby saw, including the now extinct Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) with a Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) shown below.

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Carolina Parakeet with a Swamp Cypress

The header illustration features a Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) with a Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana). Read more about digitizing Catesby’s remarkable works on Biodiversity Heritage Library’s blog, as well as another post about the taxonomy additions to BHL’s Flickr albums. I was able to add taxonomy to these images with the published research found in The Curious Mister Catesby (2015). You can also read about Catesby’s SciArt Methodology here.