Anne Pratt (1806-1893) from Kent, England, is one of the best known botanical illustrators of the Victorian age. She wrote and published over 20 books. Although she was self-taught, she was said to be responsible for popularizing Botany. Pratt developed her education in Botany due to poor health and a stiff knee as a child, which encouraged her to draw to occupy herself.
This print is from the first-edition three-volume set of The Flowering Plants of Great Britain, c. 1855-1866, and later changed to The Flowering Plants, Grasses and Ferns of Great Britain.
The prints, or plates, are made by a form of printing called chromolithography. The process involves printing each color individually. The colors are oil-based, and when multiple colors are applied, the outcome is a vibrant print with a depth that is similar to a painting.